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Name Stoddard, Seneca Ray
Other names S. R. Stoddard
Dates & places of birth and death Born, May 13, 1843; Wilton, NY
Died, April 26, 1917; Glens Falls, NY
Nationality American
Occupation Photographer
Artist
Notes Seneca Ray Stoddard was an American photographer known for his photographs of New York's Adirondack landscapes, residents, and visitors. His work covers the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. He was also a naturalist, a writer, a poet, an artist, and a cartographer. His writings and photographs helped to popularize the Adirondacks.
Publications The Adirondacks: Illustrated, published 1873
Relationships Wife, Helen Potter (died, 1906)
Wife, Emily Doty
Places of residence Glens Falls, NY
Adirondacks, NY
Role Artist

Associated Records

Image of Source of the Hudson, Reached Via the Adirondack - Print

Source of the Hudson, Reached Via the Adirondack - Print

Half-tone, black and white: view of a river opening up into a larger body of water. Forest and mountains along both shores.

Image of Summer in the Adirondacks - Print

Summer in the Adirondacks - Print

Engraving, black and white: four scenes depicting the summer in the Adirondacks. Top image, sun light on a lake. Middle image, three men with a horse drawn cart entering the woods. Lower left, lake view from train tracks. Lower right, rowboats in a lake. Tear sheet from, "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper," P. 380

Image of Ausable Chasm, Lower Gateway - Print

Ausable Chasm, Lower Gateway - Print

Half-Tone, hand colored: View of a chasm in a river. Large rock walls with a small row boat and two people going through the space. More rock mountains seen in the background.

Image of Adirondack Mountains, The Nations Pleasure-Ground and Sanitarium - Print

Adirondack Mountains, The Nations Pleasure-Ground and Sanitarium - Print

Halftone, black and white with colored borders: Stoddard photo of two guides, dog, and deer in guideboat pulled up at rocky shore. The type and photo are black, with beige moiree background, blue border, and red heading. Tear sheet from, "Frank Leslie's Weekly Newspaper."

Image of New York - Summer Life in the Adirondacks - Print

New York - Summer Life in the Adirondacks - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of seven different Adirondack images after Stoddard photographs. 1. Lake Utowana - Outlet: steamboat coming out of the outlet surrounded by woods. 2. Inglenook. Camp Pine Knot: Interior of rustic camp with fireplace and bunkbeds. 3. A Specimen Summer Kitchen: Rustic a frame building with picnic table 4. A Typical Camp on Raquette Lake: Lean -to with two men standing just outside and one lying inside. 5. Forked Lake from Outlet: Shore with a man pulling a guideboat. 6. Ray Brook - Letter "S": snaking river in front of woods. 7. Island Church on Raquette Lake: rustic church at the waters' edge. Tear sheet from, "Frank Lesslie's Illustrated Newspap

Image of New York. - View of Prospect House, Upper Saranac Lake, With the President's Cottage on the Left - Print

New York. - View of Prospect House, Upper Saranac Lake, With the President's Cottage on the Left - Print

Wood Engraving, black and white: view of Prospect House with a white fence at the lake's edge. A small boat house to the right, the President's Cottage to the left along with a boathouse. Two row boats in the center of the lake with two people on board, one fishing pole.

Image of Fahrt zum Lagerplätze in den Adirondacks - Print

Fahrt zum Lagerplätze in den Adirondacks - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of three men in an open carriage full of boxes and goods, being pulled by one horse into the woods. Tear sheet from, "Frank Leslie's Illustrirte Beitung," (Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, German Edition).

Image of View of the Hudson Near Newcomb - Painting

View of the Hudson Near Newcomb - Painting

Depicts an Autumn day. There is a lake off to the side with mountains in the background. On the right hand side is a hill with rocks and stumps of trees. The sky is dark grey. The trees are fall colors.

Image of Mt. Marcy From Wolfjaw - Painting

Mt. Marcy From Wolfjaw - Painting

View from high elevation of a forest with a river snaking through to a lake. Mount Marcy in the background. Black and white painting.

Image of In the Drowned Lands of the Raquette River - Painting

In the Drowned Lands of the Raquette River - Painting

Depicts a bare tree with exposed roots in the foreground to the left. To the right is a cross section of the river with roots and plants. In the background is a hill. The painting is black and white.

Image of Along the Upper Hudson - Painting

Along the Upper Hudson - Painting

Depicts a river in the foreground with pond lily's and other vegetation, in the background a grassy shore. The painting is black and white.

Image of Mountain Trail in the Adirondacks - Painting

Mountain Trail in the Adirondacks - Painting

Seven people coming down a mountain trail. Painting in black and white.

Image of Summit Rock, Indian Pass - Painting

Summit Rock, Indian Pass - Painting

Depicts two hikers on a flat rock overlooking a ravine in front of them. Mountains at varying distances are in the background.

Image of Keene Valley From Baxter Mountain - Painting

Keene Valley From Baxter Mountain - Painting

Depicts a flat rock with two people standing on it at the edge of a forest over looking a valley. The valley is full of trees and mountains. In the background is a lake with mountains on the far side.

Image of Lake George - Painting

Lake George - Painting

Depicts a sandy beach with rocks and a green bush in the foreground. Trees bent to the left cover the center of the painting. In the background is a blue lake.

Image of The Narrows, Lake George - Painting

The Narrows, Lake George - Painting

Depicts a blue lake in the foreground with numerous islands. In the background is the far shore of the lake and mountains. The sky is cloud covered.

Image of Schroon River - Painting

Schroon River - Painting

Two mountains intersecting in the center of the background. In the foreground, a body of water. On the far shore of the river are trees to the left and the start to a hill or mountain to the right.

Image of Untitled: Possibly Schroon River - Painting

Untitled: Possibly Schroon River - Painting

Lake or river scene with trees in mid-ground and mountains in the background.

Image of Untitled: Keene Valley From Baxter Mountain - Painting

Untitled: Keene Valley From Baxter Mountain - Painting

View of Keene Valley from Baxter Mountain. Two men on a hillside in middle right.; house with outbuildings middle left. Seneca Ray Stoddard is far better known for his photographs than for his paintings. He worked in oils relatively early in his career, ceasing altogether by the 1880s. Twenty paintings are known, twelve of which are in the collection of the Adirondack Museum. This view of Keene Valley from Baxter Mountain is photographic in its attention to natural details as well as to the disposition of structures of human habitation on the landscape. From the late 1860s to 1913, S. R. Stoddard made thousands of photographs in numerous formats, documenting and promoting the Adirondack

Image of [Stoddard Sketchbook #2] - Sketchbook

[Stoddard Sketchbook #2] - Sketchbook

Small Sketchbook of 15 pencil sketches, 1 pen drawing. There are drawings on the first few pages only. Contains 15 sketches of landscapes with no notations as to locale or specific dates.