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As a young man, Henry Center worked with Alex Patillo in his store. Henry's father (Laommi Center) was a Surinam captain who died young. Center and Patillo received a Lane painting of a "Beach Scene", according to the Cape Ann Advertiser (1862). A report of a fire in 1864 mentioned the loss of the office of "Henry Center, Esq., magnetic telegraph office, and office of Town Clerk." (1)
(1) Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck, Fitz Henry Lane: Family and Friends. (Gloucester, MA: Church & Mason Publishing; in association with the Cape Ann Historical Museum, 2007), 72.
Cape Ann Advertiser
Collection of Fred and Stephanie Buck
"LANE'S PAINTINGS were distributed on Saturday last among the subscribers, as follows: Harbor Scene, – Thaddeus Friend. View of Bear Island, – George Marsh. Good Harbor Beach, – Mrs. J. H. Stacy. Fancy Sketch, – Capt. Charles Fitz. Scene at Town Parish, – J. H. Johnson, Salem. Beach Scene, – Pattillo & Center. View near Done Fudging, – Ripley Ropes, Salem."