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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.
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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.
Stuart, Gilbert (American painter, 1755-1828) (Artist)
Boston, MA, USA
35 (W) (inches)
Morison, Samuel Eliot. Life of Otis. [No Publisher].
Massachusetts (United States)