What can we learn from a portrait?

At Otis House or Your Site

Portraits tell us so much more than just what people looked like. Learn how to read the clues in old portraits, and make a self-portrait that tells the world all about you.

Program Details

Available weekdays, year round, for ages 7 – 12. Program runs 1.5 – 2 hours. Limited to 45 students per program.


Type of Program: Field Trips, Programs to Go, Summer Programs, After School, Scouts

Related Topics: Colonial Life, Revolutionary Period, Story and Crafts

Sample Primary Source

Detail of Sally Foster Otis Portrait

Harrison Gray Otis may have kept this tiny portrait of his wife Sally with him as he traveled in his work has a politician. This portrait miniature was painted on ivory by the well known portraitist Edward Malbone in 1804. For those who could afford them, portrait miniatures served much the same purpose that snapshot photographs do today. See the full portrait.

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