Aaron Draper Shattuck ranks as one of the most prominent artists of the second generation Hudson School Artists. He exhibited regularly with such notable artists as John F. Kensett, Samuel Colman, John Casilear and Jasper Cropsey.
Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Shatuck was educated there and in Lowell, Massachusetts. He studied portrait and landscape painting with Alexander Ramson in Boston and then moved to New York City in 1851 where he studied at the National Academy of Design. In 1856 he was elected an Associate Member of the Academy and rented space in the now famous Studio building on West Tenth Street. From 1874-1877 he exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association and the National Acedemy.
He was at his best when painting on smaller canvases where he expertly translated his love of nature into these beautifully detailed scenes.
In the 1880’s, Shattuck was also became an inventor, and had various patents ranging in subject from metal stretcher keys to tobacco barn ventilation and he also made violins. He was one of the first artists to paint on Monhegan Island in Maine. He married the sister of artist Samuel Colman and had a farm in Granby, Connecticut and also maintained a summer studio in Jackson, New Hampshire.
Shattuck’s work is housed in such notable public collections as the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; George Walter Vincent
William H. Gerdts, Art Across America, Volume 1 (Abbevile Press: 1990)