8 1/16 x 6 5/16 in. (20.5 x 16 cm)
(New York, NY, 1903 - 1964, Cranford, NJ)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Robert W. Brown
Location: Not currently on view
The self-portrait is undated but may have been made in the late 1920s when Botts was a printmaking fellow at the prestigious Yaddo artist colony. Botts presents himself as a dapper draughtsman with his eyebrows arched over his clear gaze. Stylistic references point to self-portraits by earlier artists including James McNeill Whistler. Rather than describe everything about his appearance Botts relies on loose lines, clear description and select dark lines.