These two male sitters, posed similarly in three-quarter-length portraits, were painted in two major colonial American centers, Boston and Mexico City (then New Spain), separated by almost three thousand miles. Although the Boston-based painter John Badger served more modest patrons (such as the upright barrel maker known as “Honest John Haskins”), whose wealth and ambitions paled in comparison to those of their South American counterparts, both of these works reveal the colonial elite’s desire to emulate the wealth and prestige of European gentry.
The portraits share a formality of pose and an emphasis on fine costume that reveal a common source in European portraiture. John Haskins holds his hand on his hip, in a pose of authority found in Elizabethan portraits. The inscription at the bottom of Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes’s portrait lists honors and inherited titles that explicitly identify him as a descendant of an aristocratic Spanish family.
This text refers to these objects: ' 52.42; 52.166.6
- Artist: Joseph Badger, American, 1708-1765
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1759
- Dimensions: 36 x 27 1/8 in. (91.4 x 68.9 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 52.42
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Joseph Badger (American, 1708-1765). John Haskins, 1759. Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 1/8 in. (91.4 x 68.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 52.42
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)