Portrait of Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1809

GUSN

GUSN-17379

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

Descriptive Terms

portraits
paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
panels (wood)
Painting

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.

Associated Person

Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848

Maker

Stuart, Gilbert (American painter, 1755-1828) (Artist)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA, USA

Dimensions

35 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1968.111

Reference Notes

Morison, Samuel Eliot. Life of Otis. [No Publisher].

Places

Massachusetts (United States)