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Frontispiece from the book, Memorial History of Boston, "View from Cotton or Pemberton Hill, 1816"

GC002.01.MA.1000.003 (RS604)

Description

This frontispiece to "The Memorial History of Boston", edited by Justin Winsor and published by Ticknor and Company in 1880, is a print of the 1829 painting by Robert Salmon entitled, "Boston Harbor from Mr. Greene's House, Pemberton Hill". Salmon completed the massive painting (95 x 180 inches). The panoramic view of the harbor and the city includes Faneuil Hall and the Old State House. Also known as Cotton Hill, Pemberton Hill was one of the three peaks of the Trimount area of Boston, which was reduced by sixty-five feet starting in 1835 and later became known as Pemberton Square. The cupola to the far right belongs to the Ebenezer Francis summer house. The name "Wilbar" appears in the lower left corner and the name "Kilburn" appears in the lower right corner. Kilburn is probably the engraver Samuel Smith Kilburn, whose designing and engraving business was located at 96 Washington Street in Boston. Mr. Wilbar was an employee in his department of machine drawing.

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Date Notes
1880
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1923-11-22
Physical Description
1 frontispiece
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000604
AccessID: 836
Other identifier: HNEDID-000604
GUSN
195491
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.1000.003

Record details

Originator
Kilburn, Samuel Smith (Engraver)
Salmon, Robert, ca. 1775-ca. 1851 (painter)
William D. Ticknor & Co. (Publisher)
Other People
Greene, Gardiner, 1753-1832
Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897
Descriptive Terms
cityscapes (representations)
cupolas
harbors
hills
views (visual works)
Material Type
books
frontispieces (illustrations)
prints (visual works)
Subjects
Ebenezer Francis Summer House (Boston, Mass.)
Faneuil Hall (Boston, Mass.)
Old State House (Boston, Mass.)
Pemberton Hill (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston Harbor (Massachusetts) [harbor]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Boston Harbor Border Areas

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