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Miniature portrait of Mary (Smith) Gray Otis (1757-1842)

1956.128 (RS5241)

Description

Miniature painting on ivory of an elderly woman in half-mourning dress, set under glass in a red leather hinged case.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Goodridge, Sarah, 1788-1853 (Miniaturist)
Dyer, James (Framer)
Date
ca. 1820
Inscriptions
Label: "MANUFACTURED / by James Dyer / Up the Court / Opposite the Old South / BOSTON"
Note: "Mary Smith Daughter of Issac & Elizabeth Smith / born 28th. Feb. 1757. Mar.d to Edward Gray / " " Samuel Allyne Otis / Had two daughters by the 2.d mar.ge / Harriet & Mary Otis / Harriet b. Dec.r 12.th. 1787. d. Ap.l 17.th 1826/ Mrs. Otis d. Ap.l 18. 1842 / Mary Born 1794 / died 1869" (Label and note)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, New England
Material
ivory (tooth component)
leather
silk (textile)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
ivory (tooth component)
leather
miniatures (paintings)
Painting
silk (textile)
People and organizations
Otis, Mary Smith, 1757-1842
Otis, Samuel Allyne, 1740-1814
Dimensions
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1956.128
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Gertrude Townsend
GUSN
103644

Comments

Mary Smith Otis's daughter Mary Otis #

AvatarPosted by John Kelley on November 2, 2012
Was the daughter Mary Otis by chance a traveling preacher in New England?