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Frank Stone ( Manchester 1800 - London 1859 )
Stone was the son of a cotton-spinner, who took up art in 1824 and was apparently self-taught. He settled in London in 1831. His early work involved producing drawings for Charles Heath’s Books of Beauty (1833–47), but by 1833 he was exhibiting at the Old Water-Colour Society. His initial entries at the British Institution in 1835 were genre subjects, while his first contributions to the Royal Academy in 1837 were portraits. Occasionally he treated literary themes, as in Scene from ‘A Legend of Montrose’ (1840), Scene from ‘Hamlet’ (1845) and Scene from ‘The Tempest’ (1850–51; all untraced). Sometimes he produced religious subjects, such as Christ and the Sisters of Bethany (1848; untraced).