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Joseph Badger

United States (1708 -  1765 )
BADGER Joseph Portrait Of Isaac Jones

Jan 19, 2017
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Joseph Badger - Portraits

Joseph Badger - Portraits

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Lot number: 369
Att. Joseph Badger (MA, 1708-1765), Pair of Portraits
each oil on canvas (lined), unsigned; each sitter, likely brother and sister, are depicted three-quarter length, the young boy with a dog at his side gestures to an expansive landscape beyond, the young girl in blue gown stands before a balustrade with view beyond, holding a open pink rose and blossom in one hand, while plucking others from a bush to her side; each in period frames with gilt filets.? Girl - SS 28.5 x 23.5 in.; DOA 37 x 32 in.; Boy - SS 28.5 x 24 in.; DOA 36.5 x 32.25 in.?
Joseph Badger - Andrew Sigourney And Mary Ronchon

Joseph Badger - Andrew Sigourney And Mary Ronchon

Original 1745


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Lot number: 493
Joseph Badger 1708 - 1765
Fragment on stretcher of Mr. Andrew Sigourney: Copley, lent by Charles S. Knox 2033.19 loan to Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
oil on canvas
50 1/2 in. by 40 in.
Andrew Sigourney (1702-1762) and his wife, Mary (Ronchon) Sigourney (1705-1772), Boston, (the sitters);
Charles Sigourney (1748-1806), (son);
Charles Sigourney (1778-1854), (son);
Elizabeth Carter (Sigourney) Knox (1813-1884), (daughter);
Mary Elizabeth (Knox) Tibbits (1842-1875), (sister);
Sarah Bleecker Tibbits (1866-1947), (daughter)
Thence by descent in the family;
Christie's, New York, January 18, 2007, lot 592.
Catalogue Note
Andrew Sigourney (1702-1762) married Mary Ronchon (1705-1772), the daughter of John Ronchon (d. 1761) in 1731. The Sigourney family, Huguenots who fled France, settled in New Oxford, Massachusetts before moving to Boston in 1700. These portraits were painted by Joseph Badger (1708-1765) around 1745. They were since passed down directly in the family, which included prominent citizens of Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.
Joseph Badger was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on March 14, 1708. He came from a family of artisans and was listed in Boston after the 1730s as a painter of glazier or painter, sometimes a limner, in legal documents. According to Richard Nylander, there is evidence that he earned his living painting signs, houses, and carriages.
Though the source of his artistic training is unclear, Badger may have learned his craft from John Smibert and through the study of prints after the work of Sir Godfrey Kneller.
1. Richard Nylander, Joseph Badger, American Portrait Painter, M.A. Thesis (State University of New York College at Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Programs, 1972), pp. 15-16. 2. Anita Schorsch, Notes on Badger portraits.
Joseph Badger - Portrait Of A Child Seated On A Marble Floor Holding A Cat

Joseph Badger - Portrait Of A Child Seated On A Marble Floor Holding A Cat



Lot number: 457
The John Gordon Collection of American Folk Art, Christie's, New York, January, 1999, Lot 1046

Lincroft, New Jersey, Monmouth Museum, "Masterpieces of American Folk Art," September 30-November 29, 1975

Sarah B. Sherrill, "Current and Coming," Antiques (September 1975), p. 334 Gordon, Masterpieces of American Folk Art (Lincroft, New Jersey, 1975)

Joseph Badger, the son of Stephen and Mary Kettell Badger, was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on March 14, 1707/08. The artist and his wife apparently moved to Boston in 1733, making their home near Brattle Church Square until 1763. It was probably there that Badger's abilities and interests in portrait painting were developed through contact with artists like John Smibert and Peter Pelham, who lived in the same general area, or Thomas Johnston, the early teacher of John Greenwood. Badger seems to have spent his entire career in this area of Boston, moving just two years before his death to a house and lot he purchased on Temple Street.
The best of Badger's portraits exhibit both charm and decorative interest, qualities that were important to aspiring eighteenth-century Americans. His use of color and the patterned effect sometimes created by the range and intensity of hues reinforced the visual impact of his work.
Joseph Badger - Portrait Of Isaac Jones

Joseph Badger - Portrait Of Isaac Jones

Attributed 1756


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Lot number: 2086
Attributed to Joseph Badger (1708-1763)


oil on canvas 38 1/4 by 28 5/8 in. circa 1756


Dr. Sydney Ponce (the sitter's son); Dr. Charles S. Goodrich (his son), 1835; Benjamin S. Brooks (his son), 1877; Isobel Brooks Dorn (his daughter); Private Collection; Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Prints, Folk Art and Decorative Arts, October 12, 2001, sale 9746, lot 27; Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania.


San Francisco, California, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (on extended loan); San Francisco, California, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Three Centuries of American Paintings from the Collection of the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1971, p. 4.
Joseph Badger - Portrait Of A Child With A Bird

Joseph Badger - Portrait Of A Child With A Bird

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Lot number: 1183
Attributed to Joseph Badger (American, 1708-1765)

Portrait of a Child with a bird

Verso bears a jelly label inscribed

M.F.A. / 1092.15 / Unknown / Martha Custis Washington

oil on canvas, laid down on panel

29 1/2 x 22 1/2in (74.9 x 57.1cm)



Joseph Briggs / Joseph Briggs House, Marshfield, MA

Dwight M. Prouty, Boston, circa 1913

Sold John Wanamaker Galleries, New York, "The Notable Private Collection of Dwight M. Prouty, Esq of Boston," 1921, lot 2909

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bayer, New York NY, Mt. Kisco NY and Cambridge MA.

Acquired by the family of the seller in 1932.


Lawrence Park,

Joseph Badger (1708-1765), And a Descriptive List of some of his Works

, Boston, 1918, p. 42.

Old Time New England

, (January 1923), p. 109

Historical Records Survey,

American Portraits, 1620-1825, Found in Massachusetts

, 1939, vol. II, p. 484.

Richard C. Nylander,

Joseph Badger, American Portrait Painter

, M.A. Thesis, SUNY Oneonta, 1972, p. 74.

Frick Art Reference Files, Joseph Badger - Portraits of Children - #123-1 M


On loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 20, 1915 to September 28, 1915; it is unclear if it was exhibited during that time.

Joseph Badger was the son of Stephen Badger (1671-1751) and Mercy Kettrell (1679-1751); he spent his life in the Boston area, advertising in 1731 as a house painter. He married Catharine Smith Fletch and they had eight children, two of which - Joseph Jr (1731-1800) and Jonathan (1736-1799) - became painters. Badger's brother, Daniel Badger (1699-1786) was also a painter but by 1735 had moved to Charleston, South Carolina.

Both Joseph and Daniel Badger followed a formula in their portraits of children that align closely with that of Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller, in which the sitter stands with one hand resting on a hip, the other holding a pet, and typically out of doors with clouds and occasionally a tree in the sitter.

This portrait of a child bears very close comparisons to other works done or attributed to Joseph Badger (1707-1765); these include a portrait of Benjamin Badger in the collection of Winterthur Museum (accession # 1956.566); a portrait of James Badger in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession # 29.85) and a portrait of a boy (possibly Samuel Flagg), at one time in the collection of the Lancaster (PA) Town Library. All include a black throat ribbon, elongated sash belt and ruffled cuffs.

Two individuals by the name of Joseph Briggs lived in Marshfield in the late 19th century: one was born in Massachusetts in 1808 and was living in Marshfield in 1870. The other was born in New York in 1845 and was also living in Marshfield in 1870. It is unclear if either were the prior owner of this portrait.
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