A view of Boston taken on the road to Dorchester


A view of Boston taken on the road to Dorchester

Item Information

Title:
A view of Boston taken on the road to Dorchester
Description:
We Are One: This 1776 landscape scene, published in the maritime atlas The Atlantic Neptune, depicts Boston as it appeared to a person approaching the town from the south. Shepherds tend their flocks in the foreground, while the Shawmut Peninsula rises from the marshy flats in the background. Numerous church spires and the "beacon" on Beacon Hill are clearly visible on Boston’s skyline. Despite being an important trading port and one of the most populous cities in America, colonial Boston was small compared to a metropolis like London. Boston appears as a little coastal town surrounded by a vast wilderness.
Creator:
Newton, James, 1748-ca. 1804
Creator:
Pierrie, William.
Creator:
Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824
Name on Item:
drawn by Wm. Pierrie ; engrav'd by James Newton.
Date:
1776
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Boston (Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Eustis, William, 1753-1825
Shirley, William, 1694-1771
Places:
MassachusettsBoston Harbor
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonRoxbury
Publisher:
[London] : Published according to an Act of Parliament by J.F.W. Des Barres
Notes:
A view of Roxbury, Boston Harbor, and Boston, Mass. taken from a vantage point in Roxbury or Dorchester. The city of Boston and Boston Harbor are shown in the distance. The Shirley-Eustis house, the home of Governor William Shirley and later Governor William Eustis, in Roxbury is visible in the middle ground.
From J.F.W. Des Barres' Atlantic Neptune.
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 view : aquatint, hand-colored ; 42 x 63 cm.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_004514
Call #:
G1106.P5 D47 1781
Barcode:
30000003818422
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