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FRANK HENRY SHAPLEIGH Antique Vintage Oil Painting For Sale


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The Bay of Naples, 1872


Fabulous 1872 Frank Henry Shapleigh antique oil on canvas painting of Naples, Italy with historic Mount Vesuvius in the background.  Gorgeous colors and detail of the Bay of Naples.   An American artist, Shapleigh spent a few years in Europe painting some of the most iconic images, like this one.      An example of the intense demand and VALUE for his work, his "The Plaza Basin, St. Augustine Florida" (which was slightly smaller size as our piece offered above) sold at auction in September 2006 for $160,000

Signed and dated lower right F.H. Shapleigh 1872".
Provenance: Private Collection, West Virginia.
Oil on canvas, 10" x 18". Framed 18" x 26"."

Condition:  Wax reline. Minor retouch to sky.

* See enlargeable images above abd below

Frank Henry Shapleigh BIO

Frank Henry Shapleigh was born in Boston and studied painting at the Lowell Institute of Drawing. In 1867-1868, he sailed to Europe where he studied in the studio of Emile Lambinet (1815-1877).

Shapleigh painted throughout New England, in St. Augustine, Florida, California, and in Europe. For sixteen years, from 1877 to 1893, he was artist-in-residence at the Crawford House in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He wintered at the Ponce de Leon Hotel, St. Augustine, in 1886-1887, and he became the artist-in-residence at the hotel from 1889 until 1892. After a trip to Europe in 1896, he built a summer home and art studio in Jackson, New Hampshire, which he called “Maple Knoll.”

Shapleigh died on May 30 at Maple Knoll. He and his wife, Mary (Studley), are buried together in Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.

Today Shapleigh is best known for his well-executed White Mountain landscapes which include all of the major tourist attractions and personal, intimate landscapes of New Hampshire. Shapleigh painted Mount Washington and the other well-known mountains from dozens of different locations. Shapleigh often inscribed the location of his painting on the back of his canvas, providing an invaluable record of the subjects of his works.

He was born in Boston and studied there at the Lowell Institute of Drawing. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the Union Army and served from 1862-63. He then studied art in Paris with Emile Lambinet and then returned to the United States to establish his studio in Boston. In 1866, he first visited the White Mountains, where he spent most of his summers and built a home studio in Jackson.