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TATNALL, Henry Lea, artist, born in Brandywine Village, Delaware, 31 December, 1829; died in Wilmington, Delaware, 26 September, 1885. After being educated at the Friends' Westtown boarding-school, Chester County, Pennsylvania, he entered the flour-mills of Tatnall and Lea as a clerk, but afterward turned his attention to agriculture. In 1856 he removed to Wilmington and began the lumber business, and at the same time cultivated his musical and artistic talent, which showed itself in early life. He could play on almost every instrument, and composed and set to music many popular songs. His friends induced him to fit up a studio over his counting-house, where the intervals of business were devoted to the study and practice of marine and landscape painting, His success was rapid and extraordinary, and in a few years his orders were so numerous that he turned the lumber business over to his sons, opened a larger studio, and devoted the remainder of his life to his adopted profession. He was called the father of Wilmington art, and on the formation of the Delaware artists' association he was elected its president.
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