(1823 - 1892)
William Bradford was active/lived in Massachusetts, California. William Bradford is known for marine-ship, Arctic sea-landscape painting.
Biography William Bradford
A 19th-century marine painter, William Bradford is famous for his seascapes that reflect his background of being raised in an area known for whaling and other marine activities. During much of his career, his work focused on the Arctic region, which he depicted with strong color and spectacular lighting.
Bradford was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Quaker parents who disapproved of his desire for a painting career. He became a clerk in his father's dry goods shop in New Bedford but devoted his spare time to sketching, a diversion that caused him and his wife to lose a farm that had been given to them by his father-in- law.
In the early 1850s, living in Fairhaven, he launched his professional career by selling
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