Swan boat, Public Garden, Boston, Mass., ca. 1883

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

ca. 1883

Location Note

Special Photographs: Geographic / Mass. / Boston / Public Garden / Large - Special Photos - Massachusetts - Boston - Public Garden

GUSN

GUSN-196173

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Description

A woman and man take a swan boat ride on the lagoon in the Boston Public Garden. The plan for the Public Garden by George F. Meacham included a pond. The four-acre lagoon was completed in 1861. Architect William Gibbons Preston designed the suspension footbridge, which was finished in 1867. Rowhouses on Boylston Street and Arlington Street and the Ether Monument, which commemorates the first successful public use of ether by William Thomas Green Morton in the operating theatre of the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 16, 1846, can be seen in the background.

Details

Descriptive Terms

row houses
historic monuments
public gardens
lagoons (bodies of water)
public sculpture
outdoor sculpture
leisure
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 001202
AccessID 1602
Other identifier HNEDID-001202

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC001

Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code

PC001.02.03.TMP.048

Places

Back Bay (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]

Record Details

Originator

Coolidge, Baldwin, 1845-1928 (photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Subjects

Arlington Street (Boston, Mass.)
Beacon Street (Boston, Mass.)
Ether Monument (Boston, Mass.)
outdoor recreation
Public Garden (Boston, Mass.)
swan boats

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Special Photographs: Geographic / Mass. / Boston / Public Garden / Large - Special Photos - Massachusetts - Boston - Public Garden

Historical/Biographical Note

Sources


Friends of the Public Garden. The Public Garden Boston, 25-26.