Thursday, November 8, 2012

American Artist Joseph Badger 1708-1765


c. 1749 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Elizabeth Campbell (Mrs. William Foye)


1746 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Eliz Storer (Mrs. Isaac Smith).


Joseph Badger was born on March 14, 1707/8, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the 6th of 9 children of Mercy Kettell and her husband Stephen Badger, a tailor. Joseph Badger died in Boston on May 11, 1765.


1750 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Anna Porter (Mrs. Nathaniel Brown)


Badger began his career as a house painter and glazier and moved his growing family to Boston in 1733. It is not clear how he evolved into portrait painting, but he probably used a few imported English prints as sources for his compositions, although his poses and formats are similar.


1755 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Eleanor Wyer (Mrs. Isaac Foster)


In Boston, Badger lived in the same neighborhood with Scottish-born portriatist John Smibert (1688–1751), who had emigrated from London in 1728, and John Singleton Copley's stepfather, London artist and engraver Peter Pelham ( (1695-1751), who had arrived in Boston a few years earlier than Smibert. And of course, as you have already guessed, both artists sold prints out of their shops introducing poses and costumes from English mezzotints in the baroque depictions of Godfrey Kneller (1646–1723) and Peter Lely (1618–1680) and in the updated rococo style of Thomas Hudson (1701–1779) to local artists and townsfolk.


1758 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Hannah Minnot (Mrs. Samuel Moody )


Artist Thomas Johnston (1708–1767), who painted portraits, furniture & coats of arms; engraved maps, music, bookplates, & clock faces; and even cut gravestones, also lived nearby. Johnston trained artist John Greenwood (1727–1792), who was his Boston apprentice from 1741 to 1745.


1759 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Hannah Upham (Mrs. John Haskins).


Additionally, Badger would have known artist Robert Feke (c 1708–1751) and Joseph Blackburn (fl 1754–1763), who arrived in Boston around 1754, just after Copley's stepfather died.


1760 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Mrs. Thomas Shippard.


Apparently paint ran through the Badger family veins. Two of Badger's sons moved to Charleston after his death, advertising themselves as painters in the South-Carolina Gazette, in Charleston, December 8, 1766. Joseph Badger, Jr. and his brother William moved to Charleston in 1766, announcing that "they propose to carry on their business of painting and glazing in all their branches." A Daniel Badger, perhaps related to the elder Joseph, had advertised himself as a painter in the same newspaper on December 6, 1735, just 2 years after Joseph Badger had settled in Boston.


1750-1760 Joseph Badger (American Colonial Era artist, 1798-1765) Mrs. John Edwards (Abigail Fowle)


1760 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Sarah Larrabee Edes.


1763 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Mary Croswell.


Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Mrs Andrew Sigourney


1760-65 Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, 1708-1765) Sarah Badger Noyes.


Joseph Badger (American colonial era artist, c 1707–1765) Faith Savage (Mrs. Cornelius Waldo) 1750


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