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Edward Lane was an innkeeper in Port Royal, Jamaica, during a period of high-level pirate activity. The coin on the string around his neck in my painting was once payment for a week's stay. He kept it for about a month, until rumors of those holding identical coins being ruthlessly murdered - by walking skeletons, no less - began spreading.

As a descendant of his, I must say I'm glad he got rid of it. He was an only child.

This piece was sketched on canvas with charcoal and completed with oil paints. Family information found in attic at home.

--Jane Lane