Meeting House Hill

Collection Type

  • Art






Framed oil painting of Meeting House Hill, Roxbury, about 1790. Copy by Samuel Curtis (signed and dated, 1799) of an original by John Ritto Penniman of Roxbury. "It was taken from the residence of Deacon Moses Davis on Washington Street, which constitutes the foreground, and exhibits the church and the hill with the houses at that time (1790) on it." --quote copied from document in file. Molded gilt frame.


Descriptive Terms

landscapes (representations)
paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
Oil on Canvas


Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: This quintessential New England scene depicts Meeting House Hill in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a town founded in 1630 that is situated just outside Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the small neck of land that connected the city to the mainland. This made Roxbury strategically important during the Continental army's siege of Boston, which the British occupied following the outbreak of war. The Patriot army encamped on Meeting House Hill, controlling land access to the city and preventing supplies from crossing Boston neck. When this painting was completed in 1799, the patriots' defensive earthworks were still standing and are visible to the right of the church steeple and along the horizon on the far left.

People and Organizations

Meetinghouse Hill


Curtis, Samuel, 1785-1876 (Artist)


28.5 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary E. Haven

Accession Number



Massachusetts (United States)
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]

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