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Call No.: HUY 24
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Burgis, William, active 1722-1736
Title: Burgis View of Harvard Collection
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet (11 images in 1 accordion folder, 4 portfolio folders and 1 flat box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Burgis View of Harvard Collection consists of reproductions of a view of Harvard College, drawn by William Burgis in 1726, and five related views, published between 1743 and 1833.
The view that forms the basis of the collection, titled "A Prospect of the Colledges in Cambridge in New England," is a copper-plate line engraving drawn by William Burgis in 1726; it is commonly referred to as the Burgis View.* The view shows the College as it appeared around 1726. Its three buildings, old Harvard Hall (built in 1769), the first Stoughton Hall (built in 1700), and Massachusetts Hall (built in 1720) form a courtyard containing a single large tree. Shown from the perspective of present Massachusetts Avenue, the courtyard is enclosed by a simple fence with a single entrance opposite Stoughton Hall.Five other views, published between 1743 and 1833, are based on the Burgis View. These include the Burgis-Price View, 1743; the Columbian Magazine View, 1788; the Ferrario-Fumagelli View, 1826; the Ferrario-Sasso View, 1827; and the Peirce-Burgis View, 1833.* Identifying characteristics for each of these views are described in the list below.
These names are taken from Hamilton Vaughan Bail's authoritative volume, Views of Harvard: a pictorial record to 1860. Within this finding aid, these names for the views are used both as series title and within descriptions. Image titles were taken from the images themselves, with additional title information added as necessary by the cataloger.
- Bail, Hamilton Vaughan. Views of Harvard: a pictorial record to 1860. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1949.
The views are arranged in chronological order:
- I. Reproductions of the 1726 Burgis View, 1906-1942
- II. Burgis-Price View, 1743
- III. Columbian Magazine View, 1788
- IV. Ferrario-Fumagelli View, 1826
- V. Ferrario-Sasso View, 1827
- VI. Peirce-Burgis View, 1833
This collection consists of reproductions of the 1726 Burgis View, entitled, "A Prospect of the Colledges in Cambridge in New England," and five related views, published between 1743 and 1833.
This document last updated 2014 February 25.