An inscription on the back of the canvas indicates that Badger painted this portrait of his three-year-old grandson, James (1757–1817). Largely self-trained and influenced by British print sources, Badger presented his young sitter with a compelling directness and honesty. The fashionably attired boy is shown standing in a generalized landscape setting, with cherries in his right hand and a bird perched on the index finger of his left.
Inscription: [on the back]: July 8th 1760
descended in the Badger family; Kate Bull McIver, Charleston, South Carolina, until 1929