Philadelphian William Stanley Haseltine was part of a family of artists. Highly educated, he studied at both the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard. Upon graduation in 1854, he traveled overseas to Düsseldorf, Germany and furthered his training at the Art Academy of Dusseldorf. He continued to travel to Switzerland and finally settled in Rome, Italy.
In 1859, Haselstine returned to the United States painting and sketching landscapes focusing on Luminism, a style of painting characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through using aerial perspective, and concealing visible brushstrokes. William Stanley Haseltine became part of the Hudson River School art movement. He also had his first exhibition at the National Academy of Design in New York. While in NY. He worked in the famous Tenth Street Studio Building in New York City alongside fellow artists Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt. His American landscapes featured rock formations and coastal scenes from Rhode Island, Delaware River Valley and North Shore of Massachusetts. He was particularly skilled in portraying light and using it to sharp the landscape features.
Haseltines first wife passed away after childbirth and he remarried in the 1860’s in France eventually resettling back in Rome. He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1860, and a full Academician in 1861. Haseltine traveled extensively all over Europe during the 1880’s and 1890’s creating extraordinary European landscape paintings. He occasionally would travel back to the United States. William Stanley Haseltine passed away from pneumonia in 1900 while in Rome.