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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.)


Recorded Ownership History
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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