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Full length oil on canvas portrait of a young man identified as Thomas Mason (1750-1775) wearing a brown coat with a blue vest, brown knee breeches, white stockings and black shoes. A squirrel is perched on his left arm. Background is of a wooded landscape scene. Plain painted black wood frame.
oil paintings (visual works)
oil painting (technique)
wood (plant material)
New York Winter Antique Show, January 2010: For nearly a decade after the retirement of John Smibert in 1748 and before the beginning of John Singleton Copley's career, Joseph Badger was Boston's principal portrait painter. Badger's portraits of members of Boston and Salem's elite families reflect the colonial isolation in which he worked. Compared to Copley's, Badger's sitters can appear formulaic and stiff. Many of his portraits are of children dressed, as Thomas Mason is, in formal adult attire. The Badger portrait came to Historic New England as part of the furnishings of the Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts, its newest historic property.
"Loan from Estate of Stephen Phillips" (Label on upper right frame back)
"132.556" (Possible loan number in red paint)
"Mrs. SC Phillips 33 Warren St. Salem / Married Eunice Diman, daughter of Reverend James Diman / Thomas Mason died Sept 1775 aged supposed between 20 + 30"" (Marked on upper right stretcher)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Badger, Joseph, 1708-1765 (Artist)
54 x 37 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)