Hancock House, Beason Street
Another Quality Print from Martin2001

Type of print: Steel engraving - Original vintage antique print
Year of printing: not indicated in the print. Est. 1840s
Artist - Engraver - Publisher: n/a - n/a - John Tallis & Company, London and New York
Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair.
Overall dimensions of print:
Including blank margins : 7 x 10 1/2 inches. 1 inch = 2,54 cm.
Type of paper: Thick - Heavier, wove - Medium heavy - Slightly heavier - Thin.
Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures.
Notes:  1. Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it is not part of the print. 2. See shipping, returns, terminology, etc. at the bottom of page.

of the subjects depicted in the print:

The small vignette engravings include: Action at Bladensburgh, 1814 - A review.

An excerpt from the original description:

The above engraving exhibits a view of the mansion house of John Hancock, the celebrated governor of that name, and whose bold and manly signature is so much admired on the charter of our liberties.

It is situated on the elevated ground in Beacon Street, fronting towards the south. The principal building is of hewn stone, " finished, not altogether in the modern style, nor yet in the ancient Gothic taste." It is raised twelve or thirteen feet above the street; and the ascent is through a garden, bordered with flowers and small trees. Fifty-six feet in breadth, the front terminates in two lofty stories. While occupied by Governor Hancock, the east wing formed a spacious hall; and the west wing was appropriated to domestic purposes, — the whole embracing, with the stables, coach-house, and other offices, an extent of 220 feet. In those days, there was a delightful garden behind the mansion, ascending gradually to the high lands in the rear. This spot was also handsomely embellished with glacis, and a variety of excellent fruit trees. From the summer-house, might be seen West Boston, Charlestown, and the north part of the town ; the Colleges, the bridges of the Charles and Mystic rivers, the ferry of Winnisimmet, and "fine country of that vicinity, to a great extent." The south and west views took in Roxbury, the highlands of Dorchester and Brookline, the blue hills of Milton and Braintree, together with numerous farm-houses, verdant fields, and laughing valleys. Upon the east, the islands of the harbor, " from Castle William to the Light House, engaged the sight by turns, which at last was lost in the ocean, or only bounded by the horizon."

In front of this edifice is an extensive green, called " the Common," containing forty-eight acres, where, in the Governor's time, " an hundred cows daily fed." It was then handsomely railed in, except on the west, where it was washed by the river Charles and the Back Bay. The mall, bordering the Common on the east, is ornamented with a triple row of trees; and " hither the ladies and gentlemen resorted in summer, to inhale those refreshing breezes which were wafted over the water." Upon days of election, and public festivity, this ground teemed, as it does now on similar occasions, with multitudes of every description; and here " the different military corps performed," as at the current day, " their stated exercise."

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