Introduction -- 1. The Fine Arts at the Boston Athenum, 1807-1870 -- 2. Toward 1870: the Perkins Brothers, the Athenum Gallery, and changing taste in Boston -- 3. The Founding vision for the museum, 1870 -- 4. The Athenum and the museum, 1870-1876 -- 5. After 1876: changing directions -- Epilogue -- Appendix: The incorporators of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1870 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
A detailed history of the Boston Athenaeum's historic role in the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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