Joseph Badger (ca. 1707–1765) was a portrait artist in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 18th century. He was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, to tailor Stephen Badger and Mercy Kettell. He "began his career as a house-painter and glazier, and ... throughout his life continued this work, besides painting signs, hatchments and other heraldic devices, in order to eke out a livelihood when orders for portraits slackened." In 1731 he married Katharine Felch; they moved to Boston around 1733. He was a member of the Brattle Street Church. He died in Boston in May, 1765, when "taken with an apoplectic fit as he was walking in his garden, and expired in a few minutes after." Works by Badger are in the collections of the Worcester Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Historic New England's Phillips House, Salem, Mass.
- James Bowdoin (1676–1747), father of Massachusetts governor James Bowdoin
- Elizabeth Campbell, wife of William Foye
- William Cooper (1716–1743), pastor of the Brattle St. Church, Boston
- Andrew Croswell (1709–1785), pastor of King's Chapel, Boston
- Thomas Cushing (1696–1746), speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and father of Thomas Cushing
- Thomas Dawes
- Jonathan Edwards
- William Foye
- Esther Orne Gardner (ca. 1714-1755)
- Ellis Gray (1715–1753), pastor of Old North Church, Boston
- John Haskins (1729–1814), grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson
- John Homans (1753–1800), doctor
- Joseph Jackson (1707–1790)
- John Larrabee (1686–1792), commanding officer of Castle William, Massachusetts
- Rev. Dudley Leavitt (1720–1762)
- Mrs. Dudley Leavitt (née Mary Pickering) (1733–1805), sister of Timothy Pickering
- Elizabeth Marion (1721–1746), wife of William Story, and grandmother of Joseph Story
- John Marston (1715–1786), proprietor of Boston's Bunch-of-Grapes tavern during the Revolution
- Lois Orne, wife of William Paine (physician)
- Rebecca Orne
- Thomas Prince
- William Scott, shoemaker, Boston
- Elizabeth Storer, wife of Boston merchant-shipowner Isaac Smith (1719–1787)
- William Tyler (1688–1758), business partner of Thomas Hancock
- Cornelius Waldo (1684–1753)
- George Whitefield
John Haskins, 1759 (Brooklyn Museum)
Mrs. John Haskins (née Hannah Upham), 1759 (Brooklyn Museum)
Portrait of Thomas Dawes, ca. 1764
- Lawrence Park. Joseph Badger (1708-1765): and a descriptive list of some of his works. 1918
- Boston Evening Post, 05-13-1765; p.3.
- Yale Bulletin. 2003
- Worcester Art Museum
- Joseph Badger and His Work, Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 51, Massachusetts HIstorical Society, Published by the Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1918
- In the portrait of Rebecca Orne as a child in the Worcester Art Museum, the sitter holds a squirrel. Badger incorporated an emblematic squirrel into some of his portraits; he "would seem to have the claim to primacy" of what later became a hot trend in colonial portraiture, common in the work of his contemporary John Singleton Copley. Cf. Roland E. Fleischer. Emblems and Colonial American Painting. American Art Journal, Vol. 20, No. 3 (1988); p.26
- Susan Rather. Carpenter, Tailor, Shoemaker, Artist: Copley and Portrait Painting around 1770. Art Bulletin, v.79, No. 2, June 1997; p.288
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Massachusetts Historical Society. "Smith-Townsend Family Papers and Papers II".
- Portrait of Whitefield, ca. 1750, attributed to Joseph Badger. Harvard University Portrait Collection.
- Lawrence Park. Joseph Badger (1708-1765): and a descriptive list of some of his works. 1918.
- Portrait of Jeremiah Belknap by Joseph Badger. Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Vol. 6, No. 7/8 (Sep. - Oct., 1919), pp. 123–125.
- The Orne Portraits by Joseph Badger. Worcester Art Museum Bulletin v. 1, no. 2, Feb. 1972.
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- Joseph Badger at American Art Gallery
- WorldCat. Badger, Joseph 1708-1765
- Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts. Joseph Badger (1707/8–1765).
- Smithsonian American Art Museum. Inventory of works by Badger.
- Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. Joseph Badger.
- Cleveland Museum of Art. Portrait of Jeremiah Belknap, ca. 1758.
- John Singleton Copley in America, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Joseph Badger (see index)