The engraved inscription on the back of this miniature attributes it to Bass Otis and identifies the sitter as Eliza Pierie. An Eliza Pierie (1822-1845) was the daughter of Bass and Alice Otis according to a gravestone inscriptions in the Christ Church burial-grounds in Philadelphia.


  • Title: Mrs. Eliza Pierie
  • Creator: Bass Otis (American, 1784-1861)
  • Date Created: ca. 1810
  • Subject Keywords: female portraits
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  • Roles: Artist: Bass Otis (American, 1784-1861)
  • Provenance: Otis family, Philadelphia (?); A. J. Fink [date and mode of acquisition unknown, from the artist's family]; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Inscriptions: [Inscription] Engraved on back of frame: Eliza Pierie / By / Bass Otis
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 2 7/8 x W: 1 1/2 in. (7.3 x 3.81 cm); Framed H: 3 1/8 x W: 1 3/4 in. (7.94 x 4.45 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.442

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