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about 1750

Hannah Otis, 1732–1801


Dimensions

61.59 x 133.98 cm (24 1/4 x 52 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1996.26

Medium or Technique

Wool, silk, metallic threads, and beads on linen ground; predominately tent stitch; original frame and glass

Not On View

Collections

Americas , Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Rectangular canvas-work picture depicting a Georgian-style house with horse paddock; a church steeple and beacon in foreground; a figure on horseback and black servant in foreground; a male and female figure at left looking over a wall at a body of water; military-style building in background; trees, flowers, birds and animals throughout; original pine frame with gilt border and original glass.

Provenance

Descended from the artist to Harrison Gray Otis and other members of the Otis family; on loan to the Museum in 1929-1930 and from 1954 to 1995; consigned by members of the family to auction; acquired by the Museum in 1996 at Sotheby's, sale 6800, January 20, 1996, lot 1132.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, a Supporter of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond, and Samuel A. Otis, and William Francis Warden Fund, Harriet Otis Cruft Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, Edwin E. Jack Fund, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, Arthur Mason Knapp Fund, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund, and Mary L. Smith Fund