Boston Common and Public Garden – Item 1 of 4

John Bachmann, Bird’s Eye View of Boston, 1850.

In this early aerial view by German artist John Bachmann, the city is depicted from the southwest.  Looking directly at the Public Garden and the Common with the remainder of downtown greatly foreshortened, Bachmann highlights the city’s oldest and most prominent public places.  The foreground is filled with water, as the natural land at this time ended at present-day Arlington Street.  The Back Bay land reclamation project would not begin for another eight years.