Portrait Gallery of Grand Bostonians from Joe Tecce's For Sale
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Portrait Gallery of Grand Bostonians from Joe Tecce's


Framed series of American modern pen and ink drawings, sixteen portraits of Boston "pols" and Italian American civic leaders, all of whom were the famous 'Friends of Joe Tecce's' of the eponymously named restaurant in Boston's North End. The frame is sixteen feet long by one foot tall. At the end of the 1970's/beginning of the 1980's Joe Tecce's restaurant, in association with Ackerly Outdoor Advertising resolved to celebrate the great and the good of Boston's civic leadership and commissioned artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian to develop the Gallery of Grand Bostonians, a tribute to the many citizens, past and present, who have made an impact on the Boston area. These portraits, around 100 in total, were displayed in several of these custom frames along Tecce's walls. The restaurant was an unfortunate casualty of the lengthy Big Dig construction project and the restaurant closed in 2010 after four decades of serving the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Thomas P. TIP O'Neill, et al. The contents of the historic restaurant were sold at auction. 16 portraits here including: Louis Nickinello, Joe Tecce, Jr, Bobby Tecce, William McLean, Sal Tecce, Robert Travaglini, George Leary, The Fabulous Joe Tecce, Christopher, Richard & Suzanne Ianella, Christopher Ianella, Rip Valenti, A. Joseph DeNucci, Anthony Polcari, John Joseph Moakley, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. and Bill Flynn.


  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 1970s-Early 1980s
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    Some scratches to plexiglass but not especially noticeable.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 124 in. x D 1.5 in.H 30.48 cm x W 314.96 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
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