Artist Joseph Badger, American, 1708-1765
  • James Pitts
Date between 1750 and 1754
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 35 1/2 × 27 3/4 inches (90.2 × 70.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund
Accession Number 58.355
Department American Art before 1950
On View American, Level 2 (see map)
by 1776, James Pitts (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
his son, John Pitts (Tyngsborough, Massachussetts, USA);
his great-grandnephew, Thomas Pitts (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
Mrs. Thomas Pitts (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
her son, S. Lendall Pitts (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
Mrs. S. Lendall Pitts (Norfolk, Virginia, USA).
1958-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Goodwin, D. Life and Services of James Pitts and his Sons. Chicago, 1881, pp. 2, 33.

Goodwin, D. Provincial Pictures by Brush and Pen. Chicago, 1886, pp. 15-16.

Park, Lawrence. “An Account of Joseph Badger and a Descriptive List of his Work.” Massachusetts Historical Proceedings 51 (December 1917): p. 187.

_____________. Joseph Badger. Boston, 1918, pp. 32. [Park identifies sitter as James rather than John]

Richardson, E.P. “American Painting.” Bulletin of the DIA 14, 1 (October 1934): pp. 11-12.

Foote, Henry Wilder. John Simbert, Painter. Cambridge, MA, 1950, p. 183.

Portraits of Eight Generations of the Pitts Family from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1959, pp. 11, 18-19. [as John Pitts; NOTE: identity of sitter late disputed]

Payne, Elizabeth. “Pitts Family Portraits of the Eighteenth Century.” Antiques 77 (January 1960): p. 88.

American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume 1: Works by Artists Born Before 1816. New York, 1991, p. 27, no. 6 (ill.).