Otis, Bass, 1784-1861

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Portrait painter and lithographer.

From the description of Bass Otis receipt, 1831. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122370511

Bass Otis, a Philadelphia artist, lithographer, and portrait-painter, was born in Bridgewater, Mass. He was apprenticed first to a scythemaker, then to a coach painter in New York about 1808. He later opened a studio in Philadelphia, copied portraits for "Delaplaine's Repository," and sent his work to exhibitions. Otis is credited with making the first lithograph in America in 1818.

From the description of Account book, 1815-1854. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 214091282

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referencedIn Delaplaine, Joshua, 1690-1771. Joshua Delaplaine papers, 1721-1779, 1815-1817. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Otis, Bass, 1784-1861. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Shackelford, George Green, 1920-. Correspondence of George Green Shackelford [manuscript] 1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885,. Drawings collection 1773-1905. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Otis, Bass : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Cornè, Michele Felice, 1752-1845,. [Portrait Collection, 1630-1996.] [graphic]. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Otis, Bass, 1784-1861. Account book, 1815-1854. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Wistar, Caspar, 1761-1818. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Thomas Jefferson, 1816 May 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Duveen, Albert. Albert Duveen art reference files, [ca. 1831-1950]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cecile, F. L. Engravings of Thomas Jefferson, n.d. (ca. 1800-1850). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gratz, Simon,. Selected art related papers from the Simon Gratz Collection, [ca. 1770-1921]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Otis, Bass, 1784-1861. Bass Otis receipt, 1831. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Selected art related letters from Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Society Collection, 1760-1935. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824. person
associatedWith Delaplaine, Joshua, 1690-1771. person
associatedWith Duveen, Albert. person
associatedWith Gratz, Simon, person
associatedWith Historical Society of Pennsylvania. corporateBody
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Otis, Susan P. person
associatedWith Shackelford, George Green, 1920- person
associatedWith Wistar, Caspar, 1761-1818. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Portrait painters


Birth 1784-07-17

Death 1861-11-03



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