1852 - Faneuil Hall Market, Boston - Antique Print

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Item number: BOS006
Genuine Hand Colored Antique Print


Maker: Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion


Antique hand colored print showing a view of Quincy Market in Boston, from Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, c. 1852. The market is bustling with horses, carriages, and people. By the time Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822, downtown commercial demand had grown beyond the capacity of Faneuil Hall. To provide an expansion of shop space Quincy Market was built, as an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls. Designed by Alexander Parris, the main building was built immediately east of and "behind" Faneuil Hall which at the time sat next to the waterfront at the town dock. In an early example of Boston's tendency for territorial growth via landfill, part of the harbor was filled in with dirt to provide a plot of land for the market. The commercial growth spawned by the new marketplace led to the reconstruction or addition of six city streets. Very good condition with text on verso visible through the paper (this effect can be mitigated with a dark paper or mat behind when framing). Inner mat area measures approx. 6.25 x 9.75 inches.


Item Number: BOS006