Aaron Draper Shattuck, Native American. (b Francestown, NH, 9 March 1832; d Granby, CT, 30 July 1928).
Aaron Draper Shattuck began his career as a portrait painter in Boston, MA, but moved to New York in 1852 where he
studied at the the National Academy of Design; he first exhibited there in 1855. During his studies he turned to
landscape painting, becoming a successful member of the second generation of the Hudson river school. Many of his
wilderness and marine paintings combine precise foreground detail with a more painterly realism in the middle and
background, following the Hudson River tradition. His works also reveal a knowledge of the Luminist aesthetic, with
its concentration on soft lyrical light and colour and a quiet, poetic evocation of nature.
In 1856, he was elected an Associate Member of the Academy and in 1861, he was Elected to full National Academician.
During the 1870s Shattuck's subject-matter shifted from wilderness to pastoral themes, reflecting the growing taste
in America for the mood of Barbizon school pictures. He exhibited regularly in Boston and New York and was closely
associated with John Kensett, Samuel Colman and Jasper Cropsey. He also had a summer studio in Jackson, New Hampshire.
On exhibit: "Sunset over Mt. Thorn, North Conway, NH".
En verso, in pencil " Sunset at Conway NH 1854 "
Also attached is a Certificate of Provenance stating that this painting,
"...was identified by my grandfather, A.D.Shattuck, as his own work; that
the painting was willed to my mother, Helen Shattuck Stewart; and that
it was removed by my family directly from the A.D.Shattuck homestead in
Granby, Conn...signed Katherine Stewart Emigh, October 7, 1969. "
This painting is included in the catalogued inventory of known works by
Aaron Draper Shattuck executed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is
listed under its title in "New Hampshire Scenery, A Dictionary of Nineteenth
Century Artists of New Hamphsire Mountain Landscapse" by Catherine H. Campbell.
Oil on Board. Approx.9" x 13"
Overall dimensions: 13" x 18".