Benjamin Stone Collection


Vedder Research Library
90 County Highway 42
Coxsackie, NY 12051

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Historical Note

Benjamin Bellows Grant Stone (1829 - 1906) was a minor figure in the second generation of Hudson River School artists and a resident of Catskill, NY from the late 1860s until his death in 1906. He was a contemporary of Winslow Homer and a student of both Benjamin Champney and Jasper Cropsy. Stone first gained notoriety for his work portraying scenery in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, his teacher Benjamin Champney being one of the original members of the North Conway Colony and an admirer of the region’s natural beauty. Stone was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 14th Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry in early 1862. The unit, which was soon reorganized into the 1st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery, spent the beginning of 1862 garrisoned around Washington, D.C. and found themselves caught up in the Union retreat from the Second Battle of Bull Run in August of that year. Lieutenant Stone was honorably discharged due to disability brought on by illness in December of 1863. After the war, he found himself back in Catskill, his wife's hometown, doing a variety of illustrating jobs for Goupil & Co. and other clients - all for very minimal fees. Benjamin and Mary Allen Stone eventually settled permanently in Catskill, NY where he continued his artistic pursuits doing landscapes of the Catskill Mountains and surrounding countryside. Much of his life work was kept privately in his former home by descendants until the 1960s and donated directly to the Greene County Historical Society as part of the Katharine Decker Memorial Collection. 

Summary of Contents

This collection contains sketch books of Benjamin Bellows Grant Stone spanning the segment of his career from 1854 through the early 1880s.


Material organized chronologically when possible.


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Collection processor information and dates unavailable, finding aid published Fall 2016 by Jonathan Palmer


Materials are available to examine on-site at the Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie, New York during posted hours as found on the repository’s website.

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Citing material

Identification of Item, Folder, Box, Collection Name, Date Range. Vedder Research Library, Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie NY. 

Contents of Collection

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