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Miniature painting on ivory of an elderly woman in half-mourning dress, set under glass in a red leather hinged case.
ivory (tooth component)
This haunting miniature portrait of Mary (Smith) Gray Otis, painted after her husband Samuel Allyne Otis's death in 1814, shows the grieving widow in black and white clothing, wearing jet earrings.
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)
Otis, Mary Smith, 1757-1842
Otis, Samuel Allyne, 1740-1814
Attributed to Goodridge, Sarah, 1788-1853 (Miniaturist)
Dyer, James (Framer)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, New England
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Gertrude Townsend
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)