Arthur Elliot graphic collection


This collection includes thirteen watercolors of sights in and around Boston, including Jamaica Pond, the Public Garden, City Point, Nantasket Beach, Revere Beach, Point Shirley (in Winthrop), and Mount Auburn Cemetery (in Cambridge). The collection also includes a scrapbook containing ephemera and photographs memorializing the Elliots’ visit to Boston.


Descriptive Terms

painting (image-making)
watercolors (paintings)

Physical Description

13 watercolors
1 scrapbook

Finding Aid Info

Finding aid available in the Library & Archives.

Custodial History

This collection was consigned to Sotheby and Company in London and auctioned on June 13, 1961. Much of the Canadian material is held by Library and Archives Canada, but the watercolors of Boston and vicinity and the related ephemera were purchased from a shop in Boston by Nancy and Bill Osgood. In 2009, the Osgoods donated the materials to Historic New England.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Arthur Elliot graphic collection

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type


Credit Line

Gift of Bill and Nancy Osgood, 2009.


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Jamaica Pond (Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [lake]
Nantasket Beach (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Point Shirley (Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [cape]

Record Details


Elliot, Arthur (Painter)

Material Type

watercolors (paintings)


This collection is available for research.

Publications Referencing This Collection

Condon, Lorna. (Fall 2011). Historic New England Magazine. Boston, Mass.: Historic New England (Organization), "A Visit to Boston" (pg. 12).

Description Level


Language Note

This collection is entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification]. Arthur Elliot graphic collection (GC005). Historic New England.

Processing Information

This finding aid was created by Abigail Cramer, April, 2013.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS compliant.

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Arthur Elliot was an English watercolor artist. He and his wife toured the United States and Canada in 1881 and 1882, visiting New York City, Niagara, Toronto, Georgian Bay, Montreal, Quebec, and Boston, where he arrived in April, 1882. The Elliots stayed first at the American House Hotel and later at a boarding house on Columbus Avenue. Throughout his trip, Elliot made more than three hundred drawings of the places he visited.

Material in Other Collections

Material in Other Collections

Arthur Elliot collection of views of Québec and Montréal. Library and Archives Canada.
Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana at the National Archives of Canada. Library and Archives Canada.