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Portrait of Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848)

1968.111 (RS19442)

Description

Portrait of the Honorable Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) seated half-length view with body slightly turned. The ruddy-faced Otis wears a black dressing gown with fur collar and cuffs, and a fine white shirt with high neckcloth and pleated jabot. White waistcoat. He marks a book with index finger of right hand. Behind sitter at his right is a table with quill pen, inkwell, papers, and a book. Seated in red upholstered chair.

Details

Label
This portrait of Harrison Gray Otis was completed in 1809 by famed portraitist Gilbert Stuart. At the time, Otis was serving his second term as Massachusetts Senate President. Otis is portrayed as a busy gentleman, hard at work although his clothing suggests refined leisure. Gilbert Stuart is most famous for his portraits of George Washington. Stuart painted a portrait of Sally Otis during the same year as a companion to this image of Harrison Gray Otis. Both portraits were likely on display at 45 Beacon Street, their home at the time of the paintings' creation, and descended through the family. This portrait now hangs at the Otis House in Boston, Massachusetts.
Maker
Stuart, Gilbert (American painter, 1755-1828) (Artist)
Date
1809
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA
Material
oil paint (paint)
panels (wood)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
oil paint (paint)
Painting
paintings (visual works)
panels (wood)
portraits
People and organizations
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848
Dimensions
35 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1968.111
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
17379
Reference Notes
Morison, Samuel Eliot. Life of Otis. [No Publisher].

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