In the manner of Joseph Badger, Boston, MA 1708- 1765. A portrait of a young lady wearing a sumptuous blue velvet gown and posed at a desk with quill pen, ink bottle, and paper. In the right background is a case of books. Clearly the subject is from a well-to-do family given her costume and pearl earrings. The props indicate that the sitter is educated. American School,Oil on canvas. Circa 1740-1760. 50 inches high and 40 1/2 inches wide.
The attribution is based on comparisons of other portraits by Joseph Badger. Badger was born in Charlestown, MA. He moved to Boston in 1731 and by 1740 began taking commissions to paint portraits. Generally his portraits are three quarter length. Badger enjoyed extensive patronage. About 75 portraits have been identified.
Condition: Unframed. Relined (wax) with old repairs and scattered in-painting.