Stephen Bone was a printmaker and painter of landscapes and portraits. He was the son of the artist Muirhead Bone. He was born in London in 1904, and between 1910 and 1912 he lived in Italy. He went to Bedales School in Hampshire and then went on to study at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks. He married the artist Mary Adshead, who had been a fellow student at the Slade School.
Bone exhibited with the New English Art Club and became a member several years later. He mainly painted landscapes with the occasional portrait. He was also a talented printmaker, specialising in wood engraving.
During the Second World War he served as a civilian camouflage officer until 1943, then as an Official War Artist attached to the Navy. He made a large volume of work documenting naval activity, ships, submarines and the crew.
After the war he wrote several children's books, his wife illustrated them. They included The Silly Snail, The Little Boy and his House and The Little Boy and his Boat. He also wrote the Shell Guide to the West Coast of Scotland.
He died suddenly in 1959 in London.