Hibbard made his first and only trip abroad in 1913-1914, when he won the Museum School’s prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship. The summer of 1914 found him in Capri, Venice and Chioggia, Italy, filling his sketchbooks and working en plein air to capture the charming residents and colorful vessels along the waterfront. The paintings resulting from these travels were exhibited in his 1916 Boston Art Club debut to much admiration from critics, especially for his waterfront scenes: “In the harbors and canals of Venice, Chioggia, Marseilles, and London, the artist has found many interesting motives, of which he has made the most. His drawing of boats and ships is uncommonly sound.” It has not yet been confirmed whether Chioggia Boats was shown in this exhibit, but one can surmise that its large scale, striking complementary orange and blue palette, and deftly-rendered reflections would have garnered much praise from visitors. The painting exemplifies the broken-color brushwork found in much of his early work.
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By descent though the family of the artist
1). (verso of canvas in black) 2A
2). (incised on stretcher at left) #200
1). (torn) – COLLECTION / Ledgendsea / Gallery
2). (on old frame) Exhibited / ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION / On: Sept. 27 – October 27, 1996 / Show: Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A. / 12 Main Street Rockport, MA 01966
1). A. T. Hibbard N.A., Artist in Two Worlds, by John L. Cooley (copyright 1968, by the artist, and in 1996, by the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts), illus. plate III
2). Featured on cover of invitation for 1970 exhibition mentioned above
1). A. T. Hibbard, N.A. Retrospective Exhibition, From the Hibbard Collection, Ledgendsea Gallery, Rockport, May 17 – June 21, 1970 (exhibit featured works painted between 1912-1914 while on a Museum of Fine Arts European Scholarship)
2). Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A., A Retrospective, Rockport Art Association, 1996