Frank H. Shapleigh, American. 1842-1906.
Frank H. Shapleigh was born in Boston in 1842. He maintained a Boston studio from 1866-1907 and
wintered in St. Augustine, Florida after 1886. Shapleigh studied at the Lowell Institute Drawing
School in Boston and in Paris. In 1876, he became a member of the Boston Art Club. Shapleigh also
served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1863. After the war he began traveling, visiting the White
Mountains in 1866, then California and Europe, where he studied in Paris with Emile Lambinet.
Returning to Boston, in 1870, he married Mary Studley of Cohasset, MA. From 1877 to 1894, Shapleigh
spent summers at the Crawford House, NH living in a cozy studio near the hotel, taking in pupils
and painting mountain scenes to sell to tourists. He was very successful. A two-year trip to Europe
ended his tenure at the Crawford House and he built a home in Jackson, NH.
Shapleigh also painted in Florida, California, and Europe. From 1877 to 1894 he was artist-in-residence
in St. Augustine, Florida, where he wintered at the Ponce de Leon Hotel. He was noted for his St. Augustine
street scenes which have become more desirable recently as early examples of Florida fine art. Shapleigh
passed away in St. Augustine in 1906.
His work is represented in Farnsworth Art Museum, ME; New Britain Museum of Art, CT; Hood Museum of Art,
Dartmouth College; Portland Museum of Art, ME; University of New Hampshire; New Hampshire Historical Society
and many private collections.
"In Charlotte Street, St. Augustine, FL".
Signed and dated 1889 lower right.
Titled and signed on the reverse.
Oil on board 7 1/2" x 12 1/2".