William Bradford

William Bradford

William Bradford (1823–1892) was an American painter, explorer, and photographer. He is famous for his paintings of ships and seascapes, especially of the Arctic. Born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he accompanied the Arctic expeditions of Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes, and is credited as the first American painter to portray the northern regions of the Arctic. In 1873 an account of his trips to the north was published in London as The Arctic Regions Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland: With Descriptive Narrative by the Artist. Bradford was an accomplished landscape painter of impressive range, who specialized in the description of atmospheric effects, from delicately picturesque scenes to sublime Arctic landscapes.


William Bradford (1823–1892) Coastal Scene, 1860
Oil on canvas, 8 x 12 inches; Private collection

 


William Bradford (1823–1892) Fishing Boats on the Bay of Fundy
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches; Private collection