Portrait of Thomas Mason (1750-1775)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1758

GUSN

GUSN-172752

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
oil paintings (visual works)
oil painting (technique)
wood (plant material)
Painting

Label

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.

Inscription

"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)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

P346
FA032

Maker

Badger, Joseph, 1708-1765 (Artist)

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

54 x 37 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.769

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)