Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Emma Amos, American, born 1938. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.
Color offset lithograph with collaged fabric border
Currently not on view
2009-61-2Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009
LabelThe 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.”