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Prints and Drawings
Artist: John Carwitham, British, active 1723–41
After: William Burgis, American, active 1716–31

A South East View of the Great Town of Boston in New England…

probably 1731–1736

Colored engraving

sheet: 29.85 × 44.77 cm (11 3/4 × 17 5/8 in.)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Boston and Philadelphia, two of the most important North American cities in the eighteenth century, were both maritime and commercial centers. Their harbors figure significantly in these two engravings (see 1946.9.1780), not just because the open water offered an unobstructed vista but also because the harbors played a dominant role in the cities’ economic welfare. The many ships and boats shown riding at anchor in each harbor and the numerous buildings lining each shore are signs of Boston’s and Philadelphia’s prosperity. Dominating the skylines are the church spires, which not only were the tallest structures of their time but also give concrete evidence of the spiritual character of each city.
Made in United Kingdom
Depicted Boston, Massachusetts
18th century
Works on Paper - Prints

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, to 1946; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 252–53, no. 143, ill.

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