The Apostle's Oak
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 17 x 14 1/8 in. ( 43.2 x 35.9 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "G. Harvey / 1844" inscription: on reverse (in paint): "The Oak under which the / Apostle Eliot / Preached to the Indians / near Boston / by G. Harvey" inscription: on reverse (in pencil): "[?] Hill"
The great white oak depicted by Harvey stood in the Waban section of Newton, Mass., on the south side of the Charles River in close proximity to the ancient Indian village site at Nonantum (now Newton). Here in 1646 John Eliot (1604-90), "Apostle to the Indians," preached to the locals at the lodge of their chieftain, Waban. Because of the numerous religious meetings which took place beneath its branches, the tree became known as "The Apostle's Oak."
Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
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