William Stanley Haseltine USA

6-11-1835 Philadelphia, USA - 2-3-1900 Rome, ITA

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Haseltine, William Stanley

William Stanley Haseltine born in Philadelphia to John Haseltine, a successful businessman, and Elizabeth Shinn Haseltine, an amateur landscape painter, Haseltine studied at the University of Pennsylvania and then at Harvard University, where he received a degree in 1854.

He first exhibited his paintings the following year at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, after which he sailed to Europe, first joining a colony of American painters who were studying in Düsseldorf, then traveling up the Rhine into Switzerland and Italy. In late 1857 he settled in Rome.

In 1858 William Stanley Haseltine returned to Philadelphia, and by late 1859 was installed in the Tenth Street Studio Building in New York City, then a central point for American landscape painters; also in the building were Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Worthington Whittredge, the latter two having befriended Haseltine in Europe. Haseltine also began to paint the ocean side of New England, especially favoring the rockbound coasts of Narragansett, Nahant and Mount Desert Island. The precision with which he painted these landscapes won critical praise, and Haseltine was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1860, and a full Academician in 1861.

While his paintings of Capri and Sicily would prove popular with visiting American tourists, William Stanley Haseltine also traveled and painted in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in the 1880s and 1890s. In his later years he also returned periodically to the United States, making a final trip to the west in 1899.

Movement: Hudson River School, Luminism
Traveled: Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands
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