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Mackay, Capt. Harvey Coffin and Mrs. Sarah Somes

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Captain Harvey Coffin Mackay (1787–1869) and Sally (Sarah) Somes were married in 1816 and built their home at 19 Pleasant Street in 1842. Notably, Mackay was the captain of the packet ship "Boston." For several years before he built his house on Duncan's Point, Lane rented a house on their property (on Elm Street) as his studio and as a home for himself, his mother, and the Winter family. 

According to the inscription on Somes Sound, Looking Southerly, 1850 (inv. 178) "Lane made this sketch sitting in the stern of the boat General Gates as we slowly sailed up the sound at Mt. Desert on a lovely afternoon of our first excursion there. He painted a small picture from this his first sketch of that evening. It was sold by Balch to Mrs. Josiah Quincy, Jr. and to Mackay." (1)

(1) Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck, Fitz Henry Lane: Family and Friends (Gloucester, MAChurch & Mason Publishing; in association with the Cape Ann Historical Museum2007).

Related tables: "Boston" (Packet Ship) »  //  Balch, William Y. »

artwork
Harvey Coffin Mackay (1787-1869)
Unknown
oil on glass (or ivory?)
Cape Ann Museum
2 1/2 x 2 in.
publication
Loss of the Packet Ship Boston
William Rutter
Brown University Library
Harris Broadside Collection

Link to broadside in Brown online collection.

manuscript
Will
Harvey Coffin Mackay
Nov. 25, 1869
Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881 (Probate #46669)

For Essex County records online.

". . . and to Mr. Epes Sargent Junr. all my Paintings and more especially the paintings executed by Mr. Fitz Henry Lane."

Citation: "People." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum. http://fitzhenrylaneonline.org/historical_material/index.php?type=People§ion=Mackay%2C+Capt.+Harvey+Coffin+and+Mrs.+Sarah+Somes (accessed December 16, 2017).
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