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Sleighing scene on Boston Neck

GC002.01.MA.3550.004 (RS97847)

Description

"The picture is at once a record and a reminiscence of days gone by--eheu fugaces! We have given up all hopes of another snow storm--the sleigh is hoisted to its place in the barn chamber, the bells--those musical bells--hang idly in the harness room. In taking down a horse collar one sometimes rattles them by accident, but their sound is that of 'sweet bells jangled out of tune.' Now and then you see sleighs going over the Neck, but they are piled up in carts, and dragged away by lazy ponies driven by those meritorious individuals who board sleighs by the week till sleighing time comes round. Our people had little enough snow this winter, but they made the most of it--it was a brief carnival but a merry one. Our artist made his sketch upon the Neck, and it gives as fair an idea of the scenes there as one can put on paper--but to one who has never seen sleighing on the Neck, it is impossible to convey a correct idea of its excitement."

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1855
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1922-03-23
Physical Description
1 news line engraving
Dimensions
6x 9(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Prints and Engravings Collection Number: PR243
Credit Line
Gift of Capt. Wm. B. Clarke, 1922
GUSN
198357
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.3550.004

Record details

Originator
Andrew, John, 1815-1875 (Engraver)
Ballou's Pictorial (Publisher)
Barry, Charles A., 1830-1892 (Delineator)
Descriptive Terms
horse-drawn vehicles
sleighs
snow (precipitation)
spectators (event observers)
Material Type
line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)
Subjects
Washington Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Boston Neck (Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [cape]
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Washington St.
Physical Access Restrictions
fair

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