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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

Location Note

Prints: Boston, Ma.: Boston Harbor Border Areas

GUSN

GUSN-195491

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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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

cupolas
harbors
hills
cityscapes (representations)
views (visual works)
books
prints (visual works)
frontispieces (illustrations)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000604
AccessID 836
Other identifier HNEDID-000604

Physical Description

1 frontispiece

Collection Code

GC002

Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Date of Acquisition

1923-11-22

Reference Code

GC002.01.MA.1000.003

Acquisition Type

Gift

Date Notes

1880

Places

Boston Harbor (Massachusetts) [harbor]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Salmon, Robert, ca. 1775-ca. 1851 (painter)
Kilburn, Samuel Smith (Engraver)
William D. Ticknor & Co. (Publisher)

Material Type

books
prints (visual works)
frontispieces (illustrations)

Other People

Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897
Greene, Gardiner, 1753-1832

Subjects

Ebenezer Francis Summer House (Boston, Mass.)
Faneuil Hall (Boston, Mass.)
Old State House (Boston, Mass.)
Pemberton Hill (Boston, Mass.)

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Prints: Boston, Ma.: Boston Harbor Border Areas