William Stanley Haseltine, “Marina Piccola, Capri”

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William Stanley Haseltine, (American, 1835–1900), Marina Piccola, Capri, c. 1870, oil on canvas, 17½” x 26¼” (framed). Gift of Helen Haseltine Plowden, 1955.04.003.

This photograph of William Stanley Haseltine was taken near the end of his life.

During his career, William Stanley Haseltine traveled and drew in France, Holland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He also summered in Bavaria and the Tyrol during the 1880s and 1890s. His paintings of Sicily and Capri were particularly popular with American tourists who were visiting Europe.

Capri is a four-square-mile island at the southern end of the Gulf of Naples. It has been a resort destination since the time of the Roman Republic (c. 500–25 BC). Haseltine was a frequent visitor to Capri and painted many works there. Marina Piccola (Small Harbor) is located on the island’s south side.

In the summer of 1899, Haseltine and his son, Herbert, made a trip to western North America, visiting Utah, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, the Territory of Alaska, and Banff and Yellowstone National Parks.