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Delightful Pictorial Map of Boston

Boston. SCOTT GARFIELD, Alva [Concord, MA, c. 1955]
A Scott-Map of Boston Massachusetts…. 20 ½ x 27 inches
Color process print. Excellent condition

   $450


A bright, animated rendering of the city in the broad, comic book style and palette characteristic of graphics of the 50's and 60's. Historic buildings and other attractions are shown with illustrations, including the Custom House, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Christian Science Mother Church, the Franklin Institute, and the old John Hancock Tower, built in 1947. The 1851 clipper ship the Flying Cloud is in the harbor. Other illustrations are “The Sacred Cod,” shown as a golden cod fish, crew rowers, and a fanciful mermaid in the Charles River. The numerous notations touch on information and quotations relating to Boston’s history. The cartouche includes the quip, “And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean & the cod; Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots, And the Cabots speak only to God.”
Alva Scott Garfield designed, drew and published colorful pictorial maps of New England during the 1950s and 1960s. Based in Madison, New Hampshire, and Concord, Massachusetts, Garfield produced maps that were connected to nearby areas rich in historical interest: Boston, the Harvard University campus, Concord, Salem and the White Mountains. The maps are historically oriented and annotated throughout with facts and quotations from important historical figures.


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