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James Badger

Artist:
Joseph Badger (1708–1765)
Date:
1760
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
42 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. (108 x 84.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.85
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 747
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
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