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George Melville Stone

George Melville Stone
Date: Between 1919 and 1929
This is a photograph of George Stone, internationally known artist, working on a painting at his studio in Topeka, Kansas. He studied art in Paris at Académie Julian under Lefebvre, Bonnât, and Boulanger, from 1887 to 1891 and in New York City with Henry Mosler. Stone returned to Topeka with a number of paintings reflecting his classical training and Impressionist influences. He opened an art school with cartoonist-publisher Albert T. Reid, which later became Washburn University's art department. Stone's paintings of Kansas landscapes and farmers earned him the title of "The Millet of the Prairies," since his style was thought to be very similar to that of the French artist Jean-François Millet.


George Melville Stone working in his studio

George Melville Stone working in his studio
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
This is a photograph of George Melville Stone working on a portrait in his studio. The photograph was copied from an unidentified book or magazine.


Henry Joseph Adams portrait

Henry Joseph Adams portrait
Creator: Stone, George M.
Date: 1894
An oil painting of Henry Joseph Adams, painted by George M. Stone. Adams came to Kansas in March, 1855, settled in Leavenworth, and became active in free-state causes. In the winter of 1855, he was elected to the free-state Legislature. In the spring of 1857, Adams was elected the first free-state mayor of Leavenworth and served two terms. In the 1858 Territorial Legislature, he was appointed chairman of the committee to investigate the Oxford, Kickapoo and other election frauds under the Lecompton Constitution. Under an act of the 1859 Territorial Legislature, Adams was appointed to a committee to audit the claims against the Federal Government by citizens of the Territory for losses sustained through the plunder and destruction of private property by pro-slavery forces. Shortly after the Civil War started, Adams was appointed an army pay master and he held this post until near the war's end.


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