William Bradford papers, 1860-1893

Bradford, William, b. 1823 d. 1892
Active in Mass.

Collection size: 7 v. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Sketchbooks and a scrapbook. REEL 2674: Five sketchbooks, primarily seascapes from Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. REEL 3605: One annotated sketchbook, undated, containing mostly pencil sketches of seascapes; and a scrapbook, containing a letter, a program, a photograph, and clippings of stories, poetry, articles about Bradford's work and obituaries of family members.

Biographical/Historical Note: Marine and arctic painter, photographer, and lecturer; Fairhaven, Mass. Studied under Van Beest. Made annual trips to Labrador to paint. Was an associate of the National Academy.

Materials on reel 2674 lent 1982 by Mrs. William Hovey, a distant relative of Bradford. Materials on reel 3605 lent by the Kendall Whaling Museum, 1985.

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