Hibbard made his first and only trip abroad in 1913-1914, when he won the Museum School’s prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship. First staying in London and then Paris, he soon crossed over to Spain and ventured through several of the country’s towns before making his way to Italy. 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 of these historic places.
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Street Scene with Figure was possibly painted at Chioggia, where the artist stayed from mid-July until late September, before the outbreak of war cut his European adventure short. In a diary entry from his time in Chioggia, he notes the subjects that drew his interest: “Left early to paint. Interesting street scene. Senoras making lace. Men mending sails and people washing, all kinds of occupations. Went painting in a native boat.” Street Scene with Figure immediately draws the viewer’s eye with its wonderful passages of direct and reflected sunlight on the path and buildings, while the presence of certain details, such as the flowering plants in terracotta pots, a bit of laundry hanging beyond the archway and what appears to be a small bird perched on the foreground line, enhance the charm.
 Cooley, John L., A. T. Hibbard N.A., Artist in Two Worlds (copyright 1968, by the artist, and in 1996, by the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts), p. 47.
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