Otis House

Portrait of Sally Foster Otis

Chester Harding’s Boston studio was located at 22 School Street. Here, Harding organized art exhibitions and auctions and his studio was frequented by wealthy and influential citizens, like the Appleton’s, Quincy’s and the Otises. Harding painted this portrait of Sally Foster Otis (1770-1836) around 1830, when she was near sixty years of age. Harding painted two portraits of Harrison Gray Otis, one of which was a companion to this portrait and is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Chester Harding (1792-1866), painter
Boston, Mass., c. 1830
Oil, wood, gold leaf, gesso