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Boston Harbor

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Blunt captured a rare event-the partial freezing of Boston Harbor. Ice was a serious hazard to shipping; in the distance a line of men pull a ship across the frozen water to get it to its destination. An inscription on the back of the painting locates the scene one mile below Boston's Castle...

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Inscription

Reverse, before fading: Boston Harbour Jany 12th 1835 I mile below the Castle looking to the East J S Blunt

Provenance

The artist; Louis Joseph Auction, Boston, 1945; with Charles D. Childs, Boston, 1945; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1945; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

1835

Dimensions

52.07 x 71.44 cm (20 1/2 x 28 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

47.1240

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

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Americas

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