The Boston Massacre

The Bloody Massacre

Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Framed: 40.6 x 36.5 x 3.2 cm (16 x 14 3/8 x 1 1/4 in.) Sheet: 25.1 x 21.6 cm (9 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving, hand colored

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



The Revere Family impression of the original engraving, framed.


2 Paper labels on verso of wooden backing board with applied strips of transparent pressure-sensitive packing-type tape over them:

(1) 1 5/8"H x 2 5/8"W, Rectangular gummed paper label with clipped corners and red border with printed "Museum of Fine Arts [in black, bold, san serif font]/62.506 [graphite inscription]/S. E. 1035 [red typewritten text with graphite strikethrough]/Wm. B. and E. H. R./Revere [Black typewritten text]".

(2) 3 3/4"H x 5 1/4"W, White paper label with printed decorative black border and header "Museum of Fine Arts/Boston Massachusetts" followed by red typewritten accession number, "62.506" / Paul REVERE United states 1735-1818/"THE BLOODY MASSACRE [underlined]"/Engraving, hand-colored. The Revere/Family impression of the original engraving with original frame./(Brigham, pl. 14, p.44)/9 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. 9sheet)/Gift of Miss Margaret A. Revere, Miss Anna P. Revere and Mr. John Revere/Chapin, May 9, 1962"

Graphite inscription below, "8 x 10 photo; color transparency De-[illegible] 1966".

NB: Frame Conservator, Andy Haines, indicated in conversation 12/15/09 that the existing frame is not original to the artwork; cast composition would not have in use at the time the print would have been framed, c. 1770.


Revere family; gift May 9, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Margaret A. Revere, Miss Anna P. Revere, Mr. Paul Revere and Mr. John Revere Chapin