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Home of JAS Monks in Cold Spring
Some years ago my wife researched the ownership of our home in Cold Spring, NY (a 3-story second empire with mansard roof). She discovered that the house was built about 1865, and that its owner, a dry goods merchant named George Washington Purdy, had married a widow by the name of Monk, sometime in the late 1850s. She had children. We had also heard rumors of a Hudson River School painter having lived in the house, but were not able to track them down at the time. I believe that there is a good chance that the widow was actually named Monks, and that her son was JAS Monks. He would have lived in the house from about 1865 until 1868. If anyone has information regarding this, I would appreciate f they would send a reply.
Cold Spring, NY
I have an etching also in our family for many years....JAS Monks was my great-grandfather. It's of a girl driving some horses to pull a canal barge (not a sheep in sight!). Growing up, we had a large oil painting of sheep in our living room. Unfortunately, I don't know much about him or these etchings and prints....I'd like to learn more. Please contact me if you have any info!
I have an etching signed on the right side JAS Monks with a circle above that says ivory in the center. The picture is of a herd of sheep in the foreground with three barns in the background. This has been in my family for many years and is in beautiful original condition. I was wondering what anyone could possibly tell me about this picture and possibly what its value might be.
Paul T. Barbusca
I received an etching, signed "J.A.S. Monks -84'depicting a herd of sheep climbing a rolling hill with what appears to be an old oak tree in the distance. The etching has been in my family for many years and has stood the test of time. It is in the original frame and glass.