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Fremont, Major General and Mrs. John C.
John Charles Fremont (1813–90) was encamped on Coffin's Beach in August 1862. "A renowned explorer, Fremont had recently been relieved of his command as a general in the Union Army for exceeding his authority and had set up camp at Two Penny Loaf. Lane made a drawing of the camp, which he used as the basis for an oil painting [current location unknown] for Fremont's wife, Jessie (neé Benton; 1824–1901)." (1). It was probably Fremont's presence at Coffin's Beach in August 1862 that drew Lane to the spot and was the occasion of his pictures of Coffin's Beach.
(1) Karen Quinn with Sandra Kelberlau and Jean Woodward. "Rediscovering Fitz Henry Lane's 'View of Coffin's Beach' on Cape Ann." The Magazine Antiques (2006): 68.
Cape Ann Advertiser
Collection of Fred and Stephanie Buck
"GEN. FREMONT with his family and a portion of his staff, have been encamped at the 'Loaf' for the past fortnight. On Monday afternoon, in company with a few friends, we visited Coffin's Beach, and made a brief call at their encampment, having a strong desire to see the man of whom we have heard and read..."
"Fremont's Camp.- Mr. Fitz H. Lane, has recently finished a very pretty painting representing the encampment of Col. Fremont at the "Loaf." It is executed with the artist's usual ability and gives a faithful idea of the scene. The painting is now on exhibition at the store of Procter Bros."