American, 1755 - 1828

George Alexander Otis

Date: 1809

This portrait is by the master artist who is best known for his portraits of George Washington. Here Stuart presents George Otis in neoclassical style and with a touch of patrician glamour. Look for the portrait of Lucinda Otis also in this collection. The two handsome young people were first cousins who married. Their fine portraits were meant to be displayed together but they were inherited by different family members and separated for years. Julian Wood Glass Jr. had a rare chance to purchase both portraits, and now they are finally together again.

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H: 28 x W: 22 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Accession: 0165.1

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , Red , Men

Purchased January 31, 1978 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Mr. and Mrs. George Alexander Otis, the sitters, Boston, Massachusetts, 1865; Sarah Otis Ernst and Lucinda Otis Jameson, daughters of the sitters, Cincinnati, Ohio; Major General Oswald Herbert Ernst, grandson of the sitters, Washington, D. C.; Elizabeth Amory Ernst, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and; Roger Ernst, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recorded in "Gilbert Stuart, An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works" by Lawrence Park, 1926, Volume II, pages 561-563, Numbers 597 and 598; and Catalogue of the "Exhibition of Stuart Portraits", Boston, Massachusetts, Numbers 93 and 94. Reproduced in "Gilbert Stuart, An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works" by Lawrence Park, Volume IV, pages 363 and 364, Numbers 597 and 598. Exhibited in "Exhibition of Stuart's Portraits," Boston, Massachusetts, 1828, Numbers 93 and 94; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., 1898-1899; 1901-1903; and the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1941. These Stuart portraits were illustrated in Time magazine, February 13, 1978, page 50.