Miss Otis

Emma Amos, American, born 1938. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.


Color offset lithograph with collaged fabric border

Image and sheet: 26 1/8 x 20 5/8 inches (66.4 x 52.4 cm)

© Emma Amos / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009

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The subject of Amos’s print refers to the 1934 Cole Porter song “Miss Otis Regrets,” which recounts the story of a young woman who, after being seduced and then spurned, tracks down and shoots her former lover in a rage. Following her arrest, she is taken from jail by a mob and lynched. The narrator conveys the final, polite apology of the once proper Miss Otis to her friends: “Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today.”