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Frank H. Shapleigh   Click Images to Enlarge

Frank H. Shapleigh

(American, 1842-1906)

Frank H. Shapleigh was born in Boston in 1842 and died in Jackson, New Hampshire in 1906. He maintained a Boston studio from 1866-1906 and wintered in St. Augustine, Florida after 1886. He studied at the Lowell Institute Drawing School, Boston; with E. Lambinet in Paris, 1866-1869. In 1876, he became a member of the Boston Art Club. 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 more.

Who Was Who in American Art states: "One of the best known artists of New Hampshire's White Mountains, he had a summer studio there throughout the last quarter of the 19th century, located in the Crawford House, an upscale hotel in Mount Washington Valley and attracted the tourists who were his clientele. Shapleigh also served in the Civil War from 1863 and then established a portrait studio in Boston. After studying in Paris, he shared a studio in Boston with John Appleton Brown and in 1870 painted in Yosemite….He appears to have stopped painting in 1898. He generally indicated the place and date on each of his paintings." He was a close friend of John J. Enneking and Benjamin Champney and often painted with them en plein aire on location. He is one of the most sought after and popular turn-of-the-century White Mountain painters, but his views of Cohasset, Kingston and Hingham, MA are also popular.

His work is also represented in many public collections including those at the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA); Ogden Museum (New Orleans); Malden Public Library (MA); Smith College (MA); Farnsworth Art Museum (Portland, ME); the Art Galley at the University of New Hampshire; the Currier Gallery (Manchester, NH).