Otis House guides visit MFA

Jan 27, 2011

Museum guides from the Otis House recently took a Friday evening field trip to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The MFA’s new Art of the Americas wing includes several pieces with connections to the Otis family and to Historic New England, including an elaborate c. 1750 needlework depicting Boston Common by Hannah Otis, aunt of Harrison Gray Otis.

MFA Curator of Education Barbara Martin led the tour, which also included a portrait of another Otis relative, Mercy Otis Warren, a trompe l’oeil corkscrew painted by John Singleton Copley while he paid a visit to Historic New England’s Codman Estate, and the Oak Hill rooms, period rooms that use a reproduction of c. 1797 wallpaper found in the Otis House. The guides, several of whom who have worked for Historic New England for many years, always enjoy learning more about New England’s history, decorative arts, and the people who lived in the houses they now share with the public.