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Sailor’s Return

Nantucket, Massachusetts
Samuel Davis Otis (1889-1961)
Circa 1920
Painted plaster shadowbox
19.5” x 24”

 

Otis was a nationally known artist and illustrator and a founding member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Samuel Davis Otis was born in Sherwood, NY, the son of Stephen and Mary Otis. His great Grandfather was James Gorham, a Nantucket Whaler. In the summers, he and his family resided on Nantucket in Sconset. It was on the island where he became interested in plaster. He made full figured molds as well as pictorial painted shadow boxes.

 

The shadow box is inscribed, “The Sailors Return, by Samuel Davis Otis who’s great grandfather took whales out of Nantucket.” It is possible that this shadow box depict his great grandfather on a return trip from a long whaling journey.

 

Condition: Original condition with minor wear commensurate with age and use. Some minor losses in picture.

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