The John Hancock House, Boston, Mass.

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1859

GUSN

GUSN-103657

Description

Oil painting of the John Hancock House on Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Gilt wood frame.

Details

Descriptive Terms

oil paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
canvas
gilding
Painting

Inscription

Front left bottom corner: "FURNEAUX"
Reverse Top Stretcher: [paper label] "Kaminski / May / 35181" [paper label] "A2466" [written] "A2466" [paper label] "
Reverse Bottom Frame: [paper label] "The original "HANCOCK HOUSE" was built in / 1737 by Thomas Hancock, an eminent Boston mer- / chant of his day, on the site now covered by 29 / and 30 Beacon street. / In this house, for which much of the wood- / work and stone was sent here from England, Han- / cock resided until the day of his death in 1764. / After the death of his widow in 1776, it became / the property and home of their distinguished / nephew, John Hancock, the patriot, whose bold au- / tograph was the first affixed to the Declaration / of Independence." [paper label] "John Hancock lived in the house until his / death, in 1795 (sic), which occurred while he was fill- / ing the high office of Governor of the Common- / wealth of Massachusetts. During the siege of Bos- / ton, the Hancock house was a British military / headquarters, and subsequently it was the scene / of generous hospitality bestowed by its wealthy / owner on his distinguished friends. / The old house was torn down in 1863." (Signed and paper labels)

Associated Building

Subject of painting John Hancock House (Boston, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

3385

Maker

Furneaux, Charles (Painter)

Location of Origin

Massachusetts

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

22 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

2008.38

Date

1859 (circa)