Another Quality Print from
|Hancock House, Beason Street
|Type of print:
engraving - Original vintage antique print
|Year of printing:
||not indicated in the print. Est. 1840s
|Artist - Engraver
||n/a - n/a - John Tallis & Company, London and New York
||Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair.
dimensions of print:
blank margins : 7 x 10 1/2 inches. 1 inch = 2,54 cm.
|Type of paper:
||Thick - Heavier, wove - Medium heavy - Slightly heavier - Thin.
||Blank - With text or pictures.
|| 1. Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it
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of the subjects depicted in the print:
|The small vignette engravings
include: Action at Bladensburgh, 1814 - A review.
An excerpt from the original description:
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
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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