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Josiah Quincy

Artist:

Thomas Ball

Location:

Old City Hall, in courtyard on School St.  

Location

Old City Hall, in courtyard on School St.
United States
42° 21' 28.0584" N, 71° 3' 34.236" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1879

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Thomas Ball created this statue of Boston politician Josiah Quincy III twelve years after receiving his first public commission of nearby Benjamin Frankin. Quincy came from a politically active family, and his father had been an outspoken opponent of British oppression in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. Ball captures this legacy through his stately portrayal of a focused yet serene leader. During the five years he served as Mayor of Boston, Quincy expanded the Faneuil Hall marketplace—a bustling commercial center for a quickly growing city. In order to secure a large enough site, he had some of the neighboring harbor filled in with dirt. (This was not the first time the land’s topology had been changed to accommodate new buildings. See below for Ross Miller’s contemporary artwork, Harbor Shoreline, which outlines the harbor’s location during the 17th century.) Today, the entire marketplace is often referred to as Quincy Market, since one of the buildings bears the former Mayor’s name. Quincy left his post in 1829 to become the 16th president of Harvard College. This statue is placed at the site of the Old City Hall, although the building where Quincy served was replaced in 1865 with the structure that remains today.

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