After winning the Museum School’s prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship, Hibbard made his first and only trip abroad in 1913-1914, spending fourteen months filling his sketchbooks and working en plein air as he explored cities across Western Europe. First staying in London and Paris, he then crossed over to Spain and ventured through several of the country’s towns before making his way to Italy.
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Finally he arrived in Capri, where he spent nearly two months enthralled by the island’s surplus of appealing subject matter, as noted in his travel diary: “Fine material and would like to stay six months. Had my breakfast on rocks, and a wonderful morning. Smoke from Vesuvius blowing toward us. Painted all day. Lunch and dinner on shore.” Capri, Italy resulted from Hibbard’s stay on the island and was later exhibited in a solo display of thirty-six paintings held at the Belmont Public Library in early 1919. In his review of the show, critic William Howe Downes made special mention of the painting: “A notably luminous effect is produced in the ‘Capri,’ with its pergola in the foreground, and the deep blue sea beyond.” Indeed, one’s eye is immediately engaged by the striking iridescence of the sun-splashed white wall and the play of light and shadow along the walkway, as well as the complementary red and green tones of the potted flowers and canopy of vines. The painting also demonstrates Hibbard’s thorough grasp of color and strong composition, as well as the dappled brushwork that became a hallmark of his early impressionist style.
 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), p. 43.
 “Mr. Hibbard’s Landscapes.” William Howe Downes. Boston Evening Transcript, February 12, 1919.
By descent through the family of the artist
1). (stamp verso of canvas) Reproduction Rights Reserved
2). (stamp on top stretcher) A. T. Hibbard / Collection
3). (on frame) Rockport Art Association exhibition label, 1996
4). (on frame) Rockport Art Association exhibition label, 2012
5). Small sticker (3) in lower left corner, likely from artist’s time
1). Exhibition of Aldro T. Hibbard paintings held at the Belmont PublicLibrary, February – March 3, 1919
2). Aldro. T. Hibbard, N.A., A Retrospective, Rockport Art Association, September 27 – October 27, 1996
3). Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A.: American Master, Rockport Art Association, October 5 – November 11, 2012