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Thomas Badger (1792–1868) was an artist in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 19th-century. He specialized in portraits.[1][2] He trained with John Ritto Penniman.[3] Portrait subjects included: John Abbot;[4] William Allen, of Bowdoin College;[5] Asa Clapp;[6] Julia Margaretta Dearborn;[7] George B. Doane;[8] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Benjamin Page;[9] Thomas Paul, of Boston's African Meeting House;[10] Jotham Sewall;[11] Benjamin Vaughan;[12] Charles Vaughan;[5] Frances Western Apthorp Vaughan;[5] George Wadsworth Wells;[13] Jonathan Winship.[14] Around 1849 a still life by Badger in the collection of the Boston Museum was considered "a highly finished and excellent picture, something in the style of Van Huysom. There is a truth and reality in the articles represented, seldom seen in this class of pictures."[15]

He married Rebecca Melendy (1795–1852);[16] children included George Washington (died at age 16 in 1853).[17] He was also related to the portrait artist Joseph Badger.[18] He died of "lung fever" in Cambridge in 1868.[19] Works by Badger are in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum; Maine Historical Society; Colby College; the Brick Store Museum and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.[20]


Boston Directory. 1823.
Boston Almanac. 1841, 1847.
Chrystler Museum of Art. Retrieved 6 February 2010
Engraving of John Abbot, M.A., Professor of Ancient Languages &c in Bowdoin College. In: History of Bowdoin College. Boston : Published by James Ripley Osgood and Co., 1882. Drawn by T.Badger; engraved by J.C.Buttre.
Maine Historical Society
Engraving of Asa Clapp in Merchants Magazine, 1848. Drawn by Badger.
Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
Engraving of George B. Doane, M.D., by John Cheney after Thomas Badger. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Lithograph of Benjn. Page, M.D. Boston: W. Sharp and Co’s Lith., c. 1846. "Badger pinxt." Boston Athenaeum.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 6 February 2010
Lithograph of Sewall. Boston: B.W. Thayer & Co. "Thos. Badger pinxt." "R. Cooke, del."
Vaughan Homestead Foundation
Lithograph of George W. Wells. Boston: Bouvé and Sharp Lithrs., c. 1844. "Painted by Badger ; drawn on stone by W. Sharp." Boston Athenaeum.
Brighton-Allston Historical Society
Catalogue of the paintings, portraits, marble and plaster statuary, engravings and water color drawings: in the collection of the Boston Museum, together with a descriptive sketch of the institution, and general summary of the natural history specimens, curiosities, etc. Boston: Marden, 1849; p.4.
Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, NH), 15 Nov. 1852.
Farmers' Cabinet, 11-24-1853.
"Harris Antiques, New Orleans".
Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, NH), 6 Feb. 1868.

Doyle New York. Retrieved 6 February 2010

Further reading

Thomas Badger: Portrait of an American Painter. Kennebunk, Maine: Brick Store Museum, 1993.

External links

WorldCat. Badger, Thomas 1792-1868
Chrysler Museum of Art. Badger's Still Life with Fruit and Wine, c. 1817.

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