View of Dedham, Mass. in 1876


View of Dedham, Mass. in 1876

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Title:
View of Dedham, Mass. in 1876
Description:
Whitefield was well known as an artist of urban views during the middle of the 19th century. He produced 59 lithographic views of cities and towns throughout the northeastern United States and eastern Canada from 1845 to 1878. However, most of these were low-elevation landscape views drawn from appropriate nearby vantage points. Only his last two views were done in the prevailing bird's-eye view style, portraying the community from a higher elevation. These were for two communities Dedham and Quincy in Norfolk County, now part of the southern fringe of the Boston Metropolitan region. In comparison to bird's eye views produced by other artists, Whitefield's appear stark and spare. There is little sense of boosterism. For example, the Dedham view does not include a legend, nor were there any insets of prominent buildings. None of the buildings appear exaggerated or drawn out of proportion to the other buildings, very few people populate the streets, and the streets were not even labeled. What is pictured is a quiet country village, which was a fairly accurate portrayal. Dedham, founded in 1635 as one of the colony's first inland towns, became the county seat of Norfolk Count in 1793. Although a center of transportation, it was not noted for heavy industry. Other contemporary maps help determine that this view includes the county court house, the county jail, four churches, and several schools. With the view oriented toward the west, the railroad and the associated depot, engine house, and turn table are positioned in the foreground.
Creator:
Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892
Name on Item:
drawn from nature by E. Whitefield.
Date:
[1876]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Dedham (Mass.)--Aerial views
Places:
MassachusettsNorfolk (county)Dedham
Publisher:
S.l : s.n.
Notes:
Bird's-eye view.
"Entered according to an Act of Congress, by E. Whitefield, 1877 in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington."
Extent:
1 view ; 42 x 66 cm.
Scale:
Not drawn to scale
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_001666
Call #:
G3764.D4A3 1876 .W45
Barcode:
39999058989987
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