Mahlon Henry Marlin
(1864 - 1949)

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A Hint of Autumn


Mahlon Henry (M. Harry) Marlin was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut in 1864. His father was a manufacturer of firearms and moved the family to New Haven in 1870, where he opened his own gun manufactory. After his graduation from Yale University in 1886, M. Harry entered into the family business. Marlin’s creative talents were made evident as he “directed the engineering department in the design of new models and changes in the old models” (1). It was not until his retirement at the age of fifty-two that Marlin became devoted to oil painting. Today he is recognized for his quiet Connecticut landscapes, constructed with broad brushstrokes, which delight in the transitional effects of nature.


1. William S. Brophy, Marlin Firearms:   A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them   (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1989), 11.  




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