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DATELINE STOCKBRIDGE: Words and pictures

These images tell the story of a beautiful spot and a quintessential New England village.

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, of New York City, published a 15-page article on Stockbridge in November 1871. The Berkshires, and especially Lenox and Stockbridge, already had established a strong position as a summer tourist destination. The images tell the story of a beautiful spot and a quintessential New England village. All illustrations from Harper’s in black and white.)

Following are images by the Hudson River painters who, as often, painted the Housatonic. Here is a fun tour for a summer day: Look at the paintings and find the spot where Innes, Coles, and Durant set up their easels. (All paintings from the Hudson River School in color.) Enjoy!

The following are paintings with my guesses for vantage.

“View from Stockbridge” by Thomas Cole (from Laura’s Tower).
“In the Berkshires” by George Innes (from Highwood).
“Monument Mountain” by Asher Durant (from somewhere northwest of the mountain, perhaps Shadow Brook).
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