A view of Boston


A view of Boston

Item Information

Title:
A view of Boston
Description:
Viewing Boston from the ocean was not a novel concept originated by 19th century bird’s eye view artists. This Revolutionary War era landscape scene, published with a collection of nautical charts, depicted Boston Harbor as it would have appeared to approaching ships. While not technically a map or chart, coastal and headland views were also considered navigational aids. Such graphic images assisted ship captains in identifying prominent landmarks as they entered the harbor. Clearly visible on Boston’s late 18th-century skyline are numerous church spires and a flag on Beacon Hill.
Creator:
Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824
Date:
1779
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Places:
MassachusettsBoston Harbor
Publisher:
[London] : Published by J.F.W. Des Barres
Notes:
Exhibited: "Unconventional Maps: Exploring the Stories of Cartographic Curiosities" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2011-2012.
Aquatint with etching.
Shows ships in Boston Harbor, with distant view of the city.
From the author's Atlantic Neptune.
Extent:
1 view ; 42 x 72 cm.
Scale:
Not drawn to scale.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_004512
Call #:
G1106.P5 D47 1781
Barcode:
30000003818410
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