James Badger

Joseph Badger American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717

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.

James Badger, Joseph Badger (1708–1765), Oil on canvas, American

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