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William Bradford

"Leaving the Arctic Ice Fields Under the Midnight Sun" ca. 1870

Owner: The State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
           

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William Bradford was born in 1823 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In the early 1850s, he launched his professional career by selling portraits of ships for twenty-five dollars. In 1854, he opened a studio and attracted the interest of Albert Van Beest, a Dutch painter who had come to America in 1845. He became Bradford's teacher and collaborator, and until his death in 1860, they painted local scenes including seascapes and whaling pictures. In 1861, Bradford began a series of trips to Nova Scotia, Labrador, and Greenland. He published a book in London titled "The Arctic Region," which he also illustrated. In the early 1880s, he lectured on the Arctic in England and even received a commission for painting Queen Victoria. In the 1870s, he sailed to America and established a studio in San Francisco. He traveled extensively in the western United States where he painted Yosemite, Mariposa Valley, and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. He often traveled and painted with Albert Bierstadt This painting is typical of his marine scenes painted with atmospheric tones, expressive cloud formations, and subtle gradations of tone. The lyric red hues are a breathtaking example of his virtuoso capabilities. Bradford died in 1892.
           
           


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