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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Joseph Badger, American (Charlestown, MA 1708 - 1765 Boston, MA)
George Whitefield (1714 - 1770)
George Whitefield (1714-1770)
Work Type
c. 1745
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
106.5 x 83.5 cm (41 15/16 x 32 7/8 in.)
framed: 128.4 x 105.7 x 7.6 cm (50 9/16 x 41 5/8 x 3 in.)
Mrs. Warters (who purportedly knew Whitefield); gift to Mr. H. P. Oliver; bequest to his wife, Sarah H. Oliver; her gift to Harvard University, 1852.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mrs. H. P. (Sarah H.) Oliver to Harvard College, 1852
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Justin Winsor, The Memorial History of Boston, James R. Osgood & Co. (Boston, MA, 1881), pp. 231-239, ill. p. 238

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 44

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin and His Circle, exh. cat., Plantin Press (New York, NY, 1936), p. 50, cat. 79

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 145-146

Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 51, fig. 42

Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 461, cat. 2444

Harvey Wish, Society and Thought in Early America: A Social and Intellectual History of the American People through 1865, Longmans, Green and Co. (New York, NY, 1950), ill. opp. p. 117

Max Savelle, Seeds of Liberty: The Genesis of the American Mind, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA, 1965), p. 61, ill.

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 4, ill.

Anne H. Vogel, American Colonial Portraits from the Fogg Art Museum and Harvard University, exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum (Mikwaukee, WI, 1983), ill. n.p.

Frank Lambert, "Pedlar in Divinity": George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals, 1737-1770, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 1994), pp. 4-5, fig. 1

Robert W. Brockway, A Wonderful Work of God, Puritanism and the Great Awakening, Lehigh University Press (Bethlehem, PA, 2003), p. 70, ill.

Hughes Oliphant Old, The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2004), cover

John C. Eastberg and Eric Vogel, Layton's Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection, 1888-2013, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Milwaukee and Madison, 2013), p. 384, ill. p. 386

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 80-81, 487, cat. 32, ill.

Peter Benes, For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America (Amherst, MA, 2016), p. 256, repr.

Exhibition History

Benjamin Franklin and his Circle, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 05/11/1936 - 09/13/1936

Likeness of America 1680-1820, Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, 01/01/1949 - 12/31/1949

The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, 01/19/1951 - 02/24/1951

Old South, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/06/1969 - 06/01/1969

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Paul Revere's Boston 1735-1818, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/18/1975 - 10/12/1975

American Colonial Portraits from the Fogg Art Museum and Harvard University, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 06/01/1983 - 06/30/1983

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., 06/01/1998 - 08/30/1998

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