Paul Revere – John Singleton Copley
Paul Revere is as symbolic as the Revolutionary War itself and a historical hero in Boston. Copley’s portrayal of him may be the most famous, featuring a teapot that Revere crafted himself. John Singleton Copley was most likely born in Boston in 1738. Many of his works feature important revolutionaries throughout colonial New England, and visitors can see over 100 of his works at the MFA.
Sons of Liberty Bowl – Paul Revere
According to the MFA, the Sons of Liberty Bowl has been called one of the nation’s most treasured historical artifacts, next to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It honors 92 representatives who protested the Townshend Acts of 1767, which taxed tea, paper, glass, and other commodities imported from England. It’s also part of the extensive collection of silver pieces crafted by Paul Revere.
At Dusk (Boston Common at Twilight) – Childe Hassam
Artist and Dorchester native Childe Hassam portrayed the Boston Common in the 1880s. The Common is the oldest public park in the United States and had only been transformed into the scene below a few decades beforehand. Prior to the 1850s, the Common served as an open field for cattle grazing and military parades. Hassam’s impressionist paintings are most notably urban and coastal scenes of the Americas, and over his lifetime, he produced over 3,000 works.
Tremont Street, Boston – Philip Harry
Estimated to be painted around 1843, Philip Harry’s Tremont Street, Boston depicts one of the busiest streets in the city. Today, it connects multiple neighborhoods of the city, running from Government Center to the South End. Historic maps of Boston date the origins of Tremont Street back to at least 1775, and it is still a well-known landmark in the city. Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, Philip Harry painted a number of scenes and landscapes of his hometown and throughout New England.
Boston Harbor – Fitz Henry Lane
This tranquil scene by Fitz Henry Lane provides a snapshot of what is still a bustling harbor. The Gloucester native painted Boston Harbor from a hill in East Boston, a view today that showcases the iconic skyscrapers of Boston. It’s evident through his works that living on the ocean greatly influenced him, and he is known for the incredible amount of detail in each of his works.
A prospective view of the town of Boston – Nathaniel Dearborn
Serving as the start to three generations of engravers, Nathaniel Dearborn carved this scene based on a design by Paul Revere, whose name appears at the bottom. The city sits in the background as eight British warships sit in Boston Harbor. The work was done in 1770, in the early beginnings of the Revolutionary War.
Park and Tremont Streets – Louis Novak
Painter Louis Novak completed this work in 1942, and the scene is fairly similar to what still exists today. The station entrances pictured were erected in 1897, making Park Street one of the oldest subway stations not only in Boston but also the country. Also featured is the Park Street Church, a 200-year-old landmark of Downtown Boston. Finally, Novak features the Parker House Hotel, before its name change, the birthplace of the much-loved Boston Creme Pie.