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  • 87. Faneuil Hall Grasshopper - 1

Grasshopper Weathervane

Artist:

Deacon Shem Drowne

Location:

Fanueil Hall  

Location

Fanueil Hall
United States
42° 21' 36.1296" N, 71° 3' 21.96" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Weathervane

Year:

1742

Medium:

Gilt copper and glass

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

This grasshopper weathervane was placed on the original Faneuil Hall market and meeting place when it was built in 1742. Although the first building no longer exists, the grasshopper has endured as a mercantile symbol and Boston icon. Shem Drowne, a Boston craftsman, made the creature from gilded copper and glass. It is believed to be modeled after a similar weathervane on the Royal Exchange in London, which may have given the grasshopper its association with trade.

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