|View of Boston Harbor (1884.0209)|
View of Boston Harbor is a large painting that depicts Boston's waterfront in the mid 1800s. It shows a bustling seaport with horse-drawn carts moving merchandise up and down Broad Street. A group of men are shown on scaffolding in the right foreground of the image, constructing a new building out of bricks. Only a few of the buildings in the painting are identified by name, one has a sign reading "Arch Wharf Sail Loft" and the other reads "George H. Gray and Danforth Hardware." Broad Street was laid out and named in June 1805 and it still exists today, but over the years it has been expanded and cut in places. This painting provides insight into how the street looked in the 1850s, and the building under construction gives a hint to the changes yet to come to the street.
|Our newly refurbished library, with Silva's painting on view|
By Elizabeth Roscio, Library and Archives Manager