A landscape painter and illustrator, Frank Henry Shapleigh was born in Boston. As a young man he studied art at the Lowell Institute, but interrupted his career briefly to join the Union Army in 1863. After the Civil War Shapleigh studied in Paris (1867-69) with Emile Lambinet, whose pastoral landscape style strongly influenced his work. Settling in Jackson, New Hampshire, he painted atmospheric landscapes, favoring the White Mountains for his subject matter. In the 1880s he also illustrated books and magazines. From 1886 until his death in 1906, Shapleigh spent part of each year in his studio at the Ponce De Leon Hotel, Saint Augustine, Florida, during which time he painted many street scenes.
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