A View of the country round Boston taken from Beacon hill : shewing the Lines, Ridouts & Different Encampments of the Rebels also those of his Majesty's Troops under the command of his Excellency Lieut. General Gage, Governor of Massachuset's Bay &c &c. These Drawings are most humbly inscribed to Colonel James of the Royal Artillery by his obliged Servant R.d Williams


A View of the country round Boston taken from Beacon hill

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Title:
A View of the country round Boston taken from Beacon hill : shewing the Lines, Ridouts & Different Encampments of the Rebels also those of his Majesty's Troops under the command of his Excellency Lieut. General Gage, Governor of Massachuset's Bay &c &c. These Drawings are most humbly inscribed to Colonel James of the Royal Artillery by his obliged Servant R.d Williams
Description:
View from Boston looking south, with British soldier holding a bayonet standing by a cannon in a battery on top of Beacon Hill in the foreground, Boston rooftops seen beyond the palisade and Castle William at left, Dorchester Point and Dorchester Neck in the middle, and Dorchester at right in the background
We Are One: Richard Williams, a British lieutenant stationed in Boston during the siege, created these watercolor landscapes of the Boston countryside. In his journal, he described Boston as "well built." But he observed that Boston suffered from neglect and had "grass growing in every street." Williams drew five landscape views providing a panoramic perspective from Beacon Hill. The first depicts a soldier looking toward Dorchester and Castle William (labeled "2"), which Williams described as having "a noble appearance."
Artist:
Williams, Richard, active 1750-1776
Former owner:
George, III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Donor:
George, IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
Name on Item:
by Lieut. Williams of the Royal Welch Fuziliers.
Date:
[1775?]
Format:
Drawings/Illustrations
Genre:
Views
Location:
British Library
Collection (local):
British Library Collection
Subjects:
Sieges--Massachusetts--Boston--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Boston (Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Notes:
Key below.
Titled ‘A drawn View of the Country round Boston, taken from Beacon Hill: by Lieut. Williams, in six pieces’ in the Catalogue of the Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc., London, 1829.
Titled 'A colored panoramic "view of the country round Boston, taken from Beacon Hill; by Lieut. Richard Williams, of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers, shewing the lines, redoubts, and different encampments of the rebels; also those of his Majesty's troops under the command of H.E. Lieut.-Gen. Gage, Governor of Massachusett's Bay, &c.;" dedicated to Col. James of the Royal Artillery' in the Catalogue of the manuscript maps, charts, and plans, and of the topographical drawings in the British Museum, London, 1844-1861.
No. 1 of six sheets individually numbered by the artist, depicting the area around Boston as seen from the city during the siege after the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 1775). Signed with initials on plate no. 4: 'R.W.f:'.
Copy at Maps K.Top.120.38.d. Exhibited: "The American War of Independence, 1775-84: a commemorative exhibition organized by the Map Library and the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library Reference Division", The British Library, London, 4 July 1975 – 11 November 1975. Uk
Exhibited: "We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2015.
Extent:
1 drawing : ink and watercolour ; sheet 17 x 48 cm
Language:
English
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