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[View of the country round Boston taken from Beacon hill]

Unfinished view from Boston looking east, with rooftops, masts and harbour in the foreground and Apple Island, Governor's Island, Deer Island, Green Island and Shirley Point seen in distance at left and enemy lines on Prospect Hill outlined in the background at right; key below.||Titled ‘A drawn View of the Country round Boston, taken from Beacon Hill: by Lieut. Williams, in six pieces’ in the Catalogue of the Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc., London, 1829.||Titled 'A colored panoramic "view of the country round Boston, taken from Beacon Hill; by Lieut. Richard Williams, of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers, shewing the lines, redoubts, and different encampments of the rebels; also those of his Majesty's troops under the command of H.E. Lieut.-Gen. Gage, Governor of Massachusett's Bay, &c.;" dedicated to Col. James of the Royal Artillery' in the Catalogue of the manuscript maps, charts, and plans, and of the topographical drawings in the British Museum, London, 1844-1861.

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Artist

Williams, Richard, active 1750-1776

Former owner

George, III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820

Donor

George, IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830

Date

[1775?]

Language

English

Location

British Library

Collection (local)

British Library Collection

Subjects
  • Sieges--Massachusetts--Boston--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
  • Boston (Mass.)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • North and Central America
  • Suffolk (county)
  • United States
Extent

1 drawing : ink and watercolour ; sheet 17 x 48 cm

Terms and License
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  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • No. 6 of six sheets individually numbered by the artist, depicting the area around Boston as seen from the city during the siege after the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 1775). Signed with initials on plate no. 4: 'R.W.f:'. Title on plate no. 1 and dedication and production details on plates no. 2-4: 'shewing the Lines, Ridouts & Different Encampments of the Rebels also those of his Majesty's Troops under the command of his Excellency Lieut. General Gage, Governor of Massachuset's Bay &c &c. These Drawings are most humbly inscribed to Colonel James of the Royal Artillery by his obliged Servant R.d Williams'.
  • Watermark: JW.
  • Copy at Maps K.Top.120.38.d. Exhibited: "The American War of Independence, 1775-84: a commemorative exhibition organized by the Map Library and the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library Reference Division", The British Library, London, 4 July 1975 – 11 November 1975. Uk

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