History, grad school, and gravestones!
Wow! That's an incredible piece of carving. Do you know who thge carver was?
I'm not very good at identifying the western MA carvers, but I think that this stone was made by the Stebbins family (see a similar stone in the Farber Collection, same stone in color here).What is most remarkable about this stone is that the red sandstone has held up so well. There are lots of red sandstone monuments in Connecticut, but they are crumbling terribly. For some reason, the stones in Hadley/Holyoke/Northampton just hold together beautifully (see the Sarah Hopkins stone).
If I recall correctly, there are a couple of red sandstone stones in the NCBG; one is in fair shape and the other is badly deteriorated.
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