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Frontispiece from the book, Memorial History of Boston, "View from Cotton or Pemberton Hill, 1816"

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Title:
Frontispiece from the book, Memorial History of Boston, "View from Cotton or Pemberton Hill, 1816"
Description:
This frontispiece to "The Memorial History of Boston", edited by Justin Winsor and published by Ticknor and Company in 1880, is a print of the 1829 painting by Robert Salmon entitled, "Boston Harbor from Mr. Greene's House, Pemberton Hill". Salmon completed the massive painting (95 x 180 inches). The panoramic view of the harbor and the city includes Faneuil Hall and the Old State House. Also known as Cotton Hill, Pemberton Hill was one of the three peaks of the Trimount area of Boston, which was reduced by sixty-five feet starting in 1835 and later became known as Pemberton Square. The cupola to the far right belongs to the Ebenezer Francis summer house. The name "Wilbar" appears in the lower left corner and the name "Kilburn" appears in the lower right corner. Kilburn is probably the engraver Samuel Smith Kilburn, whose designing and engraving business was located at 96 Washington Street in Boston. Mr. Wilbar was an employee in his department of machine drawing.
Painter:
Salmon, Robert, ca. 1775-ca. 1851
Engraver:
Kilburn, Samuel Smith
Publisher:
William D. Ticknor & Co.
Date:
1923
Format:
Books
Prints
Genre:
books
prints (visual works)
frontispieces (illustrations)
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
GC002: Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Subjects:
cupolas
harbors
hills
cityscapes (representations)
views (visual works)
Ebenezer Francis Summer House (Boston, Mass.)
Faneuil Hall (Boston, Mass.)
Old State House (Boston, Mass.)
Pemberton Hill (Boston, Mass.)
Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897
Greene, Gardiner, 1753-1832
Places:
MassachusettsBoston Harbor
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Extent:
1 frontispiece
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Identifier:
195491
Call #:
GC002.01.MA.1000.003