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Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts by Stanley Scott

Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts by Stanley Scott

1939
Records of the Work Projects Administration

This artwork is included in a series of images depicting historic buildings made for the Federal Art Project by Stanley Scott. All of the sites depicted are in Boston, with the exception of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The buildings depicted are King’s Chapel, the Old State House, the Old West Church, Park Street Church, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Old South Meeting House, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the Massachusetts State House, and the Boston Public Library.

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This large linocut was created by an artist named Stanley Scott. Little is known about the artist; however his beautiful, dramatic prints of Boston’s landmarks include Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, and the Boston Public Library. Founded in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In addition to its 8.9 million books, the library holding include rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. Among these are several first edition folios by William Shakespeare, original music scores from Mozart, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf;” and the personal library of John Adams.

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