Aaron Draper Shattuck was an American landscapist associated with both the White Mountain and Hudson River schools.
Shattuck started his career as a portrait artist, working in Boston in 1851 under Alexander Ransom. He attended the National Academy of Design in 1852. His first exhibit was held at the National Academy of Design in 1855, after he had ventured to the White Mountains for the first time on a painting trip the year before.
Aaron Draper Shattuck never followed the convention of his contemporaries and studied in Europe. While most of the painters of the Hudson River School had spent time studying abroad, particularly in studies of the old masters or at the Academie Julien or the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Shattuck was educated only in the United States.
Shattuck maintained a studio in New York from 1856 to 1870. He relocated to West Granby, Connecticut in the late 1870's and concentrated his painting efforts on pastoral subjects such as farms and livestock. He innovated, inventing a new type of canvas stretching device which made him quite wealthy.
Shattuck's painting career ended in 1888, the result of an illness, and from that time forward he became a farmer and violin maker.