Ausicht von Boston : nach der natur aufgenommen
- Ausicht von Boston : nach der natur aufgenommen
Bird’s-eye views such as this one were immensely popular in the mid- to late 19th century. Often commissioned by city officials, these artistic views typically highlighted a city’s industrial growth, cutting-edge transportation facilities, and notable public spaces. Abutting the New State House, Boston Common features prominently in Wilhelm Aarland’s view, with park-goers scattered among tree-lined malls and the eye-catching Brewer Fountain; installed in 1868, the fountain was the first piece of public art featured on the Common. Meanwhile, steamships, fishing vessels, carriages, and trains converge upon a bustling city dotted with historic landmarks, commercial buildings, and church spires.
- Aarland, Johann Carl Wilhelm Aarland, 1822-1906
- Name on Item:
x[ylographisches] a[telier] v[on] W. Aarland
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Boston (Mass.)--Aerial views
- 1 view : col. ; 28 x 42 cm.
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Not drawn to scale
Text on verso, titled Eine Freistatt des wahren Menschenthums, Americanisches characterbild, von A. Douai.
From Die Gartenlaube, issue 23, pages 363-366 (Leipzig : Ernst Keil, 1866).
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
- Call #:
G3764.B6A3 1850 .A27