Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views
D. Brenton SimonsCloth: $35.00
A wonderful coffee table book? Yes it is. Sixty-five full color plates of Boston scenes from the early eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth, by professional and amateur artists; on canvas, panel and paper; fine art, folk art, wallpaper, needlework, over mantels and even the side of a fire engine - what more could you ask? Well, you could ask for social history. And you'll get it.
Understanding of the larger world must begin with a sense of the character and stories of our own city. Boston Beheld presents marvelous images and rich commentary on the early development of New England's premiere city, and showcases the visual treasures preserved in its public collections.
—Carl R. Nold, President and CEO, Historic New England and Chairman, American Association of Museums
Brenton Simons gives both social and historical context to some of the finest views of Boston ever created. It's a pleasure to see these ‘antique’ representations of the city, many of them not on public display, collected in one informative and beautiful edition. His eye for pictorial detail is ably matched by his expertise in the region’s history, and he has produced a tribute to the many artists who were inspired by the city.
—Malcolm Rogers, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
D. BRENTON SIMONS, author of the award-winning Witches, Rakes, and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston, 1630–1775 (2006), is President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation’s leading center for family and local history research.