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According to its donor, Boston architect Henry Forbes Bigelow, this Corinthian capital came from a house on Beacon Hill. Much of Beacon Hill was developed at the end of the eighteenth century, and architect Charles Bulfinch designed many of its fine houses. The premier woodcarvers in Boston were...

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Provenance

According to the donor, the Boston architect Henry Forbes Bigelow, this "capital came from a house on Beacon Hill, the exact identity of which I have lost, but it was a good many years ago that it was taken out, and I think there is strong reason to atribute it to Bulfinch. Unfortunately, I see no way of tracing it." Lent by Henry Forbes Bigelow, September 3, 1927; accessioned in 1927.

Credit Line

Gift of Henry Forbes Bigelow

about 1800

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 41.9 x 49.5 x 41.3 cm (16 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.850

Medium or Technique

Gilt and painted wood

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Architectural elements