View from Boston looking north, with Royal Irish camp, steeple of Old North Church (Christ Church) and rooftops of North Boston in the foreground, HMS Symmetry sailing on Charles River beyond, and rebel redoubts, enemy lines and camps, Charlestown, Bunker Hill, General Howe's camp and Mystic River seen across the river in the background
Richard Williams, a British lieutenant stationed in Boston during the siege, created these watercolor landscapes of the Boston countryside. In his journal, he described Boston as "well built." But he observed that Boston suffered from neglect and had "grass growing in every street." Williams drew five landscape views providing a panoramic perspective from Beacon Hill. The fourth scene features North Boston with the ruins of Charlestown, which burned during the Battle of Bunker Hill.