Faneuil Hall where George Washington oil portrait by Gilbert Stuart donated to the City of Boston on July 4th 1806 by Samuel Parkman is also displayed.
Often referred to as “the home of free speech” and the “Cradle of Liberty,” Faneuil Hall hosted America’s first Town Meeting. The Hall’s vital role in revolutionary politics had not been part of its original plans, but it became home to an intricate collection of events that shaped the nation’s history. Built by wealthy merchant Peter Faneuil as a center of commerce in 1741, this is where the Sons of Liberty proclaimed their dissent against Royal oppression. Faneuil Hall has served as an open forum meeting hall and marketplace for more than 270 years and has continued to provide a forum for debate on the most consequential issues of the day.
It was at Faneuil Hall in 1764 that Americans first protested against the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act, setting the doctrine that would come to be known as “no taxation without representation.” Gatherings to protest the Townshend Acts, the Redcoat occupation, and the Tea Act would follow.
THE GRASSHOPPER The most famous weathervane in Boston is Faneuil Hall’s golden grasshopper. Peter Faneuil commissioned the grasshopper from acclaimed craftsman Shem Drowne, whose weathervane also tops the Old North Church. Tradition has it that the weathervane was used during the War of 1812 to spot spies. Anyone who did not know the answer to the question “what is on top of Faneuil Hall?” in those days invited suspicion.
LAND OF THE FREE Twenty four times a year, between 300 to 500 new citizens take the Oath of Allegiance at Faneuil Hall and are sworn in as new citizens.
SHOP-TIL YOU DROP Don’t mix up historic Faneuil Hall with Faneuil Hall Marketplace – the bustling commercial center located just behind historic Faneuil Hall. The series of restored 19th Century buildings is the most visited location in Boston.
Freedom Trail Foundation tours that feature this site:
Walk Into History Tour
Walk Into History Tours — North End
Historic Holiday Stroll
African-American Patriots Tour
Historic Pub Crawl
Pirates & Patriots Tour
Faneuil Hall – Boston National Historical Park
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Historical talks every thirty minutes, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
George Washington oil portrait by Gilbert Stuart donated on 4th July 1806 by Samuel Parkman at Faneuil Hall – see above painting at bottom right.
Samuel Parkman commissioned Gilbert Stuart to paint a full length oil portrait of U.S. President George Washington, which Samuel later gifted to the Town of Boston on the 30th anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July 1806 where the painting hung in the Faneuil Hall and now in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The painting by Gilbert Stuart is of George Washington ,in Dorchester Heights, full-length in uniform, standing by a white horse, holding his bridle in his left hand and his chapeau in his right.
This oil painting is approximately 9 feet tall by 6 feet wide.
The full-length Washington, on the other side of the great painting, is a Gilbert Stuart. It, also, was presented to the town by Samuel Parkman, in 1806. :
Samuel Parkman commissioned Gilbert Stuart to create this life sized oil painting than hung at Faneuil Hall (see above the bottom right side painting) that now is on display at The Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Washington at Dorchester Heights
Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828)
274.95 x 180.34 cm (108 1/4 x 71 in.)
MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Oil on panel
Kristin and Roger Servison Gallery (Gallery 133)
The artist; commissioned for the town of Boston by Samuel Parkman, 1806; deposited by the City of Boston, 1876.
Deposited by the City of Boston
See this Video at the 1:56 minute mark filmed at Faneuil Hall in Boston where the George Washington Oil Painting by Gilbert Stuart hung at the time. (shame on Mitt Romney’s “liberal views”) :
George Washington as seen in Faneuil Hall see above the bottom right painting.
GILBERT STUART’S 1796 OIL PAINTING/PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON APPEARS ON EVERY US $1 DOLLAR BILL (SEE BOTH BELOW)