Frank Henry Shapleigh (American/New Hampshire, 1842-1906), "Old Gate in Hypolita Street, St. Augustine, Florida", 1889, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left, signed and titled en verso, 16 in. x 10 in., framed. Provenance: Kim Iocovozzi, Savannah, GA, Nov. 27, 1998; Estate of Faith K. Tiberio, St. Augustine, FL. Note: With a studio in his native Boston, Frank Shapleigh was a successful artist who was known for painting New England scenes, particularly in the White Mountain, New Hampshire area. From 1886-1893, Shapleigh and his wife spent time in St. Augustine, and he quickly became enamored with the historic town. Throughout his time there, Shapleigh created a series of detailed views of the St. Augustine streets, which not only serve as a historic record of the city, but also give the viewer a glimpse of life in the late 19th century.
Hypolita Street, depicted here, runs east to west for only five blocks in Historic St. Augustine and ends at the Matanzas River as it empties into the St. Augustine inlet at the Atlantic Ocean. The ox-drawn cart rolling down the street with a pier and boats in the background are a captivating combination that undoubtedly attracted Shapleigh to portray this particular scene.
Ref.: Libby, Gary R. Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965. Daytona Beach, FL: The Museum of Arts and Sciences, 2009; Mann, Maybell. Art in Florida: 1564-1945. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 1999.