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The Traveller's Joy

Travel and photography were two of the many passions which Sir Benjamin Stone packed into a rich and varied life. Very much the embodiment of Victorian England, Stone was active in politics, business and the arts. He travelled from an early age and personal wealth enabled him to make regular trips to a variety of countries, such as China, South Africa and Brazil.
A keen collector, Stone acquired pictures taken by commercial photographers throughout his life. This interest led him to start taking his own photographs and by the late 19th Century he was known nationally as an enthusiastic amateur photographer. A consistent feature of Stone's work is his portrayal of customs and festivals and this can be seen in his depictions of global cultures, English folk traditions and the pomp and ceremony of Parliament.

The Grange, Erdington

A Life in Pictures

A short biographical account of Sir Benjamin Stone.
Outward Bound For Brazil, 1893.

From China to Brazil

The journeys of Sir Benjamin Stone.  
The Sherborne Pageant 1905

The Way We Were

The importance of folk traditions and ceremonies in the creation of national identity.
Visit by the Russian Douma, 1909

Ask Them for a Peerage

An insight into Stone’s Parliamentary photography.
Sir Benjamin Stone in London.

The Camera Fiend

The equipment and techniques used by Sir Benjamin Stone.  
Invite to National Photographic Record Association AGM

Stone's Legacy

How Stone’s work inspired future generations.