Born in 1864, Bolton Coit Brown completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Syracuse University and later administered the art program at Stanford University in California from 1891-1902. There he gained fame as a teacher and national recognition as a skilled mountaineer. Brown left California in 1902 and traveled to New York to explore the Catskill Mountains. He soon made his way to Woodstock, NY where he became affiliated with the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony.
At the age of 50, in 1915, Brown went to England where he learned lithography, essentially teaching himself. He returned to America the following year and devoted the next ten years of his life exclusively to lithography. His expertise as a printmaker led to collaborations with George Bellows, Arthur B. Davies, John Taylor Arms and Rockwell Kent, among others.