Born in Warsaw, NY in 1828, Bradley Armstrong moved to California with his wife, daughter, and six sons in 1876 and settled in Oakland. He soon established a shop on the corner of Broadway and 14th Street where he made frames, served as an auctioneer, and exhibited paintings of local artists as well as his own. The family home was in downtown Oakland at 28th and Myrtle streets.
He taught several of his sons to paint resulting in William and Fred becoming skilled landscape painters, Edward M. was a sign and carriage painter, and Percy advertised as an artist during 1891-94. Bradley's landscapes are rare and include scenes of Mt Shasta and Yosemite. He died in Oakland on Feb. 17, 1904.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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