Art Collection

When Mrs. Butterfield died in 1913, she left money to establish a library. In addition, she gave many of her works of art, memorabilia, personal papers, and scrapbooks to the library. The library is currently planning to digitize this collection.


  • The Picnic on the Hudson by Thomas P. Rossiter: Features many famous locals including: Gouverneur Kemble and his brother William Kemble, co-founders of the West Point Foundry; Thomas Rossiter, Hudson River Artist; Robert W. Weir, USMA professor and painter; George Pope Morris, poet; Robert Parrott, inventor of the Parrott Rifled Cannon; General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, American Civil War hero; and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. James.
  • View from Artist's Home by Thomas P. Rossiter: A view of Thomas Rossiter's estate, Fair Lawn. The private residence still stands today, and is located off of Route 9D near The Manitou School.
  • Maria Haldane by Unknown: A portrait of a young Maria Haldane, born in Cold Spring around 1840, was painted on the veranda of her home near the site of present-day Tots Park.
  • Miss Julia L. Safford: Painted for her engagement to Frederick Plummer James at the age of 15 or 16 years.
  • General Winfield Scott by Robert Walker Weir: (June 13, 1786 – May 29, 1866) was a United States Army general and the unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.
  • Portrait of Empress Maria (mother of Nicholas II, last of the Russian czars) by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

The Picnic on the Hudson
by Thomas P. Rossiter

View from Artist's Home
by Thomas P. Rossiter

Miss Maria Haldane
by Unknown

 Mrs. Julia Butterfield (née Miss Julia Lorillard Safford)
by Unknown

General Winfield Scott
by Robert Walker Weir

Portrait of Empress Maria
by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Paintings can be viewed at the Butterfield Library during regular library hours.
For permission to use artwork, please contact Gillian Thorpe.


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