The Banjo Lesson We studied this painting for Picture Study at the conference. Henry Tanner : 1859-1937 He faced tremendous odds and overcame them through his faith in Christ. I don't know of many artists who did that. This hangs in Hampton,VA at the university. It reminds me of Vermeer. Light comes in from a window and a fire- place, warming the grandfather as he passes down music to his grandson. The safest place is in his lap. I can hear the banjo playing and the grandfather's voice saying "that's right , you got it!" Notice the pitcher in the background and bread on a beautiful table cloth.