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A view of Boston taken on the road to Dorchester

We Are One: This 1776 landscape scene, published in the maritime atlas The Atlantic Neptune, depicts Boston as it appeared to a person approaching the town from the south. Shepherds tend their flocks in the foreground, while the Shawmut Peninsula rises from the marshy flats in the background. Numerous church spires and the "beacon" on Beacon Hill are clearly visible on Boston’s skyline. Despite being an important trading port and one of the most populous cities in America, colonial Boston was small compared to a metropolis like London. Boston appears as a little coastal town surrounded by a vast wilderness.

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Creator

Newton, James, 1748-ca. 1804

Date

1776

Name on Item

drawn by Wm. Pierrie ; engrav'd by James Newton.

Publisher

Published according to an Act of Parliament by J.F.W. Des Barres

Language

English

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

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

1 view : aquatint, hand-colored ; 42 x 63 cm.

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • A view of Roxbury, Boston Harbor, and Boston, Mass. taken from a vantage point in Roxbury or Dorchester. The city of Boston and Boston Harbor are shown in the distance. The Shirley-Eustis house, the home of Governor William Shirley and later Governor William Eustis, in Roxbury is visible in the middle ground.
  • From J.F.W. Des Barres' Atlantic Neptune.

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