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Image of Ischia

William Stanley Haseltine
American, 1835–1900

Ischia

about 1870

Object Type: Painting
Dimensions:
15 1/4 in. x 22 1/4 in. (38.74 cm x 56.52 cm)
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: 1952.0003

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Roger H. Plowden
Copyright: © Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts


Haseltine was an American expatriate artist who lived and worked in Italy for most of his career. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Harvard, he travelled to Europe in 1854 to study art. Although he returned to the United States to begin his career as a painter, he settled in Rome in 1867 and only rarely visited the United States again.

Haseltine painted many Italian landscapes in his career, and was widely known for his scenes of Venice. However, he also painted scenes of the coastline around Naples, and this watercolor depicts a site near the island of Ischia. The structure is the Aragonese Castle, first built in 474 BC as a fortress on a rock near the island. In the fifteenth century the fortress was connected to the island by a stone bridge, and it is today maintained as an historical site.

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