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1600-1754: The Arts: Chronology

1600-1754: The Arts: Chronology






  • Literature John Smith, A True Relation of Such Occurences and Accidents of Noate as Hath Hapned in Virginia since the First Planting of That Collony.



  • Literature Caspar Pérez de Villagrà, Historia de la Nuevo-Mexico.




  • Literature William Wood, New Englands Prospect.


  • Literature Thomas Morton, New English Canaan or New Canaan.


  • Construction begins on the wood-frame house of Jonathan Fairbanks in Dedham, Massachusetts. It is the earliest New England house to survive into the late twentieth century.



  • The mission church of San Estéban in Ácoma, New Mexico, is completed by this year.


  • Literature Nathaniel Ward, The Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America; John Winthrop, A Declaration of the Former Passages and Proceedings betwixt the English and the Narrowgansets.
  • Music John Cotton, Singing of Psalmes a Gospel-Ordinance.


  • Literature Anne Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.



  • Literature John Hammond, Leah and Rachel, or The two fruitfull sisters Virginia and Maryland.


  • Literature John Wilson, A Copy of Verses made by that Reverend Man of God Mr. John Wilson, pastor of the first Church in Boston: on the sudden Death of Mr. Joseph Brisco.


  • Literature John Eliot, The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Translated into the Indian Language.



  • Literature John Eliot, The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New. Translated into the Indian Language.


  • The first dated portraits are painted in New England: Elizabeth Eggington, by an unknown artist, and Dr. John Clark, possibly by Augustine Clement (or Clemens) of Boston.


  • Literature George Alsop, A Character of the Province of Mary-land; Michael Wigglesworth, The Day of Doom, second edition.


  • Literature Philip Pain, Daily Meditations.
  • The Turner House is built in Salem, Massachusetts. It later becomes the setting for Nathaniel Hawthornes novel The House of Seven Gables (1851).


  • Literature Nathaniel Morton, New-England Memoriall.


  • Literature Daniel Denton, A Brief Description of New York: Formerly Called New-Netherlands; Michael Wigglesworth, Meat Out of the Eater.
  • An anonymous New England artist paints Alice Mason and a larger painting of three other Mason children. Portraits of the three Gibbs children, also painted in 1670, may be by the same artist, possibly Samuel Clement of Boston, son of Augustine Clement.
  • Retired sea captain Thomas Smith begins painting portraits in New England.
  • Boston printer John Foster engraves a portrait of Reverend Richard Mather.


  • Literature John Josselyn, New-Englands Rarities Discovered.
  • Spanish settlers begin construction of the Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida.


  • An anonymous New England artist, possibly the same man who executed portraits of the Mason and Gibbs children in 1670, paints Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary and Mr John Freake.


  • Literature Increase Mather, A Brief History of the Warr with the Indians of New-England; Benjamin Tompson, New-Englands Tears for Her Present Miseries.


  • Literature William Hubbard, A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New-England; Increase Mather, A Relation of the Troubles which Have Hapned in New-England, by Reason of the Indians there, from theyear 1614 to the year 1675; Urian Oakes, An Elegie upon the Death of the Reverend Mr. Thomas Shepard.


  • Literature Anne Bradstreet, Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning.


  • Literature William Penn, Some Account of the Province of Pennsilvania.
  • Samuel Green of Boston prints the first American edition of John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress, first published in London in 1678.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, A Poem Dedicated to the Memory of the Reverend and Excellent Mr. Urian Oakes; Mary Rowlandson, The Soveraignty & Goodness of God.


  • Literature Michael Wigglesworth, The Day of Doom, fourth edition.


  • Literature Increase Mather, An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences; Richard Steere, A Monumental Memorial of Marine Mercy.


  • Literature Thomas Budd, Good Order Established in Pennsilvania & New Jersey; Cotton Mather, An Elegy on the Much-to-Be-Deplored Death of that Never-to-Be-Forgotten Person, the Reverend Mr. Nathanael Collins; William Penn, A Further Account of the Province of Pennsylvania.


  • Literature Juan Laiors and Fernando del Bosque, Autos de la conquista de la Provincia de Coahuila; Increase Mather, A Narrative of the Miseries of New-England.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions ; Michael Wigglesworth, Meat Out of the Eater, fourth edition.


  • Literature Increase Mather, Cases of Conscience Concerning evil Spirits Personating Men, Witchcraft, infallible Proofs of Guilt in such as are accused with that Crime ; Samuel Willard, Some Miscellany Observations on our Present Debates Respecting Witchcrafts.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, The Wonders of the Invisible World.


  • Literature John Danforth, Kneeling to God, at Parting with Friends.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, The Boston Ebenezer. Some Historical Remarks, on the State of Boston.


  • Literature Michael Wigglesworth, The Day of Doom, fifth edition.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana: or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England.


  • English organ maker Christopher Witt arrives in the British colonies.


  • Literature Robert Beverley, The History and Present State of Virginia.
  • Artist Henrietta Johnston establishes herself as a portrait painter in Charleston, South Carolina.


  • Literature Benjamin Colman, A Poem on Elijahs Translation; Michael Wigglesworth, Meat Out of the Eater, fourth edition; John Williams, The Redeemed Captive, Returningto Zion.


  • Literature Ebenezer Cook, The Sot-Weed Factor ; Benjamin Tompson, The Grammarians Funeral.
  • German artist Justus Engelhardt Kuhn establishes himself as a portrait painter in Annapolis, Maryland.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, Bonifacius ; Benjamin Tompson, A Neighbours Tears.


  • Swedish artist Gustavus Hesselius arrives in America and settles in Philadelphia, where he becomes the leading portrait painter.
  • Thomas Brattle of Boston installs an organ in his home. It is the first such instrument in New England and only the second in all the British colonies.


  • Literature Richard Steere, The Daniel Catcher; Nathaniel Ward, The Simple Cobbler of Agawam in America, first American edition.


  • Literature John Danforth, A Poem, Upon the Much Honoured and Very Exemplarily Gracious Mrs. Maria Mather; Robert Hunter, Androboros.
  • Scottish artist John Watson settles in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
  • Thomas Brattle buys an organ for Kings Chapel in Boston.
  • Musicians are paid to perform in New York City at a parade and ball celebrating the coronation of George I.
  • The first known advertisement for an American psalm-singing school is published in Boston.


  • Literature Michael Wigglesworth, The Day of Doom, sixth edition.
  • English musician Edward Enstone arrives in Boston to become organist at Kings Chapel. He soon opens a singing and dancing school and begins sponsoring public balls.


  • Literature Samuel Phillips, An Elegy Upon the Deaths of Those Excellent and Learned Divines the Reverend Nicholas Noyes, A.M. and the Reverend George Curwin, A.M.; Michael Wigglesworth, Meat Out of the Eater, fifth edition.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, Psalterum Americanum. The Book of Psalms, In a Translation Exactly Conforming to the Original.


  • Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language, For the Use of Children, the first American publication of hymns by Isaac Watts, is printed in Boston.


  • Literature Cotton Mather, The Christian Philosopher ; Mary Rowlandson, The Soveraignty and Goodness of God, second edition.
  • Music Thomas Symmes, The Reasonableness of Regular Singing by Note.
  • Henriett a Johnston paints a pastel portrait of Anne Broughton.
  • Moravian composer Johann Beissel arrives in North America.
  • The first known singing societies are founded in New England.


  • Literature Michael Wigglesworth, Meat Out of the Eater, sixth edition.
  • Music Cotton Mather, The Accomplished Singer ; John Tufts, A Very Plain and Easy Introduction to the Art of Singing Psalm Tunes ; Thomas Walter, The Grounds and Rules of Mustek Explained.


  • Music Thomas Walter, The Sweet Psalmist of Israel. A Sermon Preachd at the Lecture Held in Boston, by the Society for Promoting Regular & Good Singing, and for Reforming the Depravations and Debasements Our Psalmody Labours Under.



  • Literature Benjamin Franklin, A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain; Roger Wolcott, Poetical Meditations.
  • Music Josiah Dwight, An Essay to Silence the Outcry That Has Been Made in Some Places Against Regular Singing.


  • Literature Mather Byles, A Poem on the Death of His Late Majesty King George; Cadwallader Golden, The History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New York.
  • Peter Pelham, an English engraver of mezzotint portraits, settles in Boston.
  • Construction begins on the first Ursuline convent in New Orleans.


  • Literature Mather Byles, A Poem Presented to His Excellency William Burnet, Esq.
  • Music Nathaniel Chauncey, Regular Singing Defended, and Proved to Be the Only Way of Singing the Songs of the Lord.
  • Pipe organs are installed in Christ Church, Philadelphia, and Saint Philips Church, Charleston.


  • John Smibert settles in Boston and paints portraits of notable Bostonians such as Judges Samuel Sewall and Nathaniel Byfield.
  • The first American edition of John Bunyans spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, is printed for bookseller Nicholas Boone of Boston. The book was published first in London in 1666.
  • 18 Feb. The first known public concert in the thirteen colonies is held at Edward Enstones school in Boston.


  • Literature Mather Byles, To Mr. Smibert on the sight of his Pictures; Ebenezer Cook, Sotweed Redivivus.
  • The French build a prison in New Orleans, the first brick building in the city.
  • The Mens Musical Society of Boston performs a concert to honor Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.


  • Literature Ebenezer Cook, The Maryland Muse ; Richard Lewis, A Journey from Patapsco to Annapolis and Food for Critics.


  • Literature Joseph Green, A Parody on a Hymn by Mather Byles; Richard Lewis, A Rhapsody.


  • German organ builder Johann Gottlob Klemm settles in Philadelphia.
  • The first documented American singing recital takes place in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • A pipe organ is installed at Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island.


  • Literature Richard Lewis, Upon Prince Madocs Expedition to the Country no America in the 12th Century.


  • Artist Charles Bridges begins painting portraits of the Virginia gentry.
  • Charleston musicians give a public concert honoring Saint Cecilia.


  • Literature Thomas Prince, A Chronological History of New-England.
  • The first known American fiddling contest is held in Hanover County, Virginia.
  • 21 Jan. Charles T. Pachelbel gives a concert of vocal and instrumental music with harpsichord, flute, and violin in New York City.


  • French settlers build a house at Cahokia, Illinois, which becomes the courthouse and jail in 1793 and survives to become the oldest French house in the United States.
  • The first edition of John and Charles Wesleys A Collection of Psalms and Hymns is printed by Lewis Timothy of Charleston, South Carolina, while the Wesley brothers are serving as missionaries in the colonies. The first British edition of their hymns is published in 1738.
  • Charles T. Pachelbel becomes organist at Saint Philips Church in Charleston.


  • Literature Mather Byles, On the Death of the Queen. A Poem.


  • Music Zionitischer Weyrauchs-Hũgel Oder (the first American collection of Moravian hymns).
  • Swiss artist Jeremiah Theüs settles in Charleston, South Carolina, where he becomes a successful portrait painter.


  • Literature Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
  • Johann Gottlob Klemm installs his first American-made organ in Trinity Church, New York City.


  • Work begins on the mission church of Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuna, near San Antonio, Texas.
  • Peter Pelham III becomes organist at Trinity Church in Boston.


  • Literature Mather Byles, Poems on Several Occasions;James Logan, trans., M. T. Ciceros Cato Major, or His Discourse of Old-Age; Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, Histoire et description de la Nouvelle France avec la Journal dun voyagefait par ordre du Roi dans IAmerique Septentrionale ; Patrick Tailfer, Hugh Anderson, David Douglas, and others, A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia.
  • Construction begins on the church at the mission of San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), near San Antonio, Texas.
  • Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia publishes the first American edition of Samuel Richardsons popular novel Pamela, first published in England in 1740-1741.
  • The Collegium Musicum is founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


  • Work begins on the second Ursuline convent in New Orleans.


  • Edward Bromfield of Boston becomes the first American-born craftsman to build a pipe organ in New England.


  • Literature William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 1, nos.116; William Livingston, Philosophic Solitude; William Stith, The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia.
  • Music Das Gesaeng der Einsamen und Verlassenen Turtel-Taube Nemlich der Christlichen Kirche [the first collection of hymns published by the Ephrata religious colony in Pennsylvania].
  • William Bradford of Philadelphia prints the first American edition of Alexander Popes An Essay on Man, first published in England in 1732-1734.


  • Literature William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 1, nos.1728.


  • Literature William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 1, nos.2936.
  • The chapel at the Presidio la Bahia in Goliad, Texas, is built.
  • Charles T. Pachelbel opens a singing school in Charleston, South Carolina.


  • Literature William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 2, nos.114; Joseph Green, Entertainment for a Winters Evening.
  • French settlers build Parlange on a plantation in Point Coupée Parish, Louisiana.
  • Thomas Fleet of Boston prints the first American edition of Joseph Addisons Cato:A Tragedy, first produced in London in 1713.


  • Literature Benjamin Church, A Poem Occasioned by the Death of the honorable Jonathan Law, Esq., Late Governor of Connecticut; William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 2, nos. 15-23; Michael Wigglesworth, The Day of Doom, seventh edition.
  • James Parker of New York prints the first American edition of John Gays The Beggars Opera, first performed in London in 1728.


  • Literature William Douglass, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North America, volume 2; James Sterling, An Epistle to the Hon. Arthur Dobbs, Esq.
  • Thomas Johnston establishes himself as an organ builder and restorer in Boston.
  • The first documented use of an orchestra in an opera performance takes place in Upper Marlborough, Maryland.


  • Hugh Gaines of New York prints the first American edition of Hugh Blairs long poem The Grave, first published in England in 1743.
  • English singer-composer William Tuckey begins giving private singing lessons in New York City.


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