Mapping Boston – Item 2 of 6

William Burgis. … Boston N. Engd. Planted A.D. MDCXXX, [1728]
Courtesy Boston Athenaeum
William Burgis was an English artist who arrived in Boston in 1722. He is remembered today for publishing a remarkable view of the town (on the wall to your right), another of New York, and the plan displayed here. For this plan, Burgis borrowed heavily from John Bonner, but wisely engaged Thomas Johnston, a skillful engraver. The result is artistically superior, due in part to the ornate cartouche bearing the arms of Governor Burnet. It also includes important additions, notably the use of dotted lines indicating ward boundaries. This is one of only three known examples of the plan.


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