William Stanley Haseltine (1835–1900)
Sunrise at Narragansett, Rhode Island, 1863
Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 31 3/4 in.
Signed and dated lower right: W.S. Haseltine, N.Y. 1863
Provenance: private collection, New York, until 2016
Haseltine drew and painted scenes of the New England coast more than any other subject during his few mature years in America. Sunrise at Narragansett, Rhode Island is a prime example from this important period in Haseltine’s oeuvre. He worked in a most detailed manner with a yellow and blue color palette that suggests a sense of light and air. The rock formations are accurately detailed and true to nature, and the manner in which the waves break on the rocks and the sunlight dances on the water demonstrates Haseltine’s intimate familiarity with this coastal locale.