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 George Melville Stone  (1858 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/California      Known for: portrait, landscape, mural

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Portrait of Young Master Studebaker, 1891
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born near Topeka, Dec. 5, 1858; died Topeka, Nov. 3, 1931. Painter, specialized in portraits, landscapes, genre. Attended school in Topeka then, from 1876- 78, attended the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia. Returned to Topeka in 1878 to work for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and study at the Topeka Art Institute with George Hopkins. Moved to Paris in 1887 to study art with Henry Mosler and at the Academié Julian with Léon Bonnat, Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. Returned from Paris in 1891 bringing a number of landscapes that had been commissioned by Kansas patrons. Stone took charge of George Hopkins’ art school in Topeka and taught drawing and painting from 1891-94. Stone visited Mexico to paint landscapes in1894-95 then traveled the country working as a portrait painter. In 1902, Stone founded an art school with the illustrator Albert T. Reid; the school became the Washburn College Art Department in 1903. Stone returned to Europe in 1907 and from 1909-14 he was in California painting pictures of the missions. Topeka remained his home and he frequently taught drawing and painting at Washburn College until his death in 1931. Because of Stone’s use of the Kansas landscape, he was called, “the Millet of the prairies.”
Kansas State Historical Society; Lotus Club, NY; Mulvane Art Museum; murals in Catholic Church, Dodge City; Grace Cathedral, Topeka; Kansas State Capitol; Mission Inn, Riverside, CA; Cathedral of Laramie, Wyoming; Topeka Public Library

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kansas Magazine¸ (Aug. 1909); Kansas Teacher (Oct. 1927); Kansas City Star (Apr. 21, 1907); Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 25; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 12/ 13; Kansas Murals and Commemorative Sculpture, compiled by the Woman’s Kansas Day Club. 1974. Typed Manuscript.; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Topeka City Directory (1868-69; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1874; 1875; 1876-77; 1878-79; 1880-81; 1882; 1883-84; 1885-1886; 1887-1888; 1888-89; 1890-1891; 1893-94; 1896-97; 1899-1900; 1900-01; 1902; 1905; 1907; 1909; 1910; 1912; 1916; 1921; 1924; 1926; 1927-28; 1929-30; 1931; 1933; 1935; 1937; 1938; 1940; 1942), , 1885-6, 1896-7, 1899- 1900, 1907, 1912, 1916, . 1921, 1927-8, 1929-30; Kansas State Gazetteer and Business Directory. Detroit: R.L. Polk & Co. (v.1= 1878-9 v.5= 1886 v.9= 1900) (v.2= 1880 v.6= 1888-89 v.10= 1904) (v.3= 1882-83 v.7= 1891 v.11= 1908) (v.4= 1884-85 v.8= 1894 v.12= 1912) 1884-85,1886, 1888-9, 1900, 1904, 1912; KAC; 208 American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194722; Fink, Lois Marie. American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons. Washington: Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1990.; Julian; Annual Exhibition of the Artists of Kansas City and Vicinity (Kansas City Art Institute, 1915-21) 1915; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 23 2005; Continental Kansan: George Stone (1996); TPL
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Topeka, KS on Dec. 5, 1858. Stone studied in Paris at Académie Julian under Lefebvre, Bonnât, and Boulanger, and in NYC with Henry Mosler. He came to Riverside, CA in 1909 to paint the portrait of the daughter of Frank Miller, the proprietor of the Mission Inn. While there, he painted other pictures including Father Serra Raising Mission Bell featured in West Coast magazine, April 1911. Stone died in Topeka on Nov. 2, 1931.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); American Art Annual 1925.
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