William Bradford (Massachusetts/California, 1823-1892) oil on board seascape painting depicting a coastline at sunrise or sunset, with partly cloudy sky overhead. Signed "W. Bradford" lower right. Housed in a wooden frame. Sight – 6 3/4" H x 10 1/2" W. Framed – 11" H x 14 1/2" W. Third quarter/late 19th century. Biography: William Bradford worked in the clothing business before becoming a full-time artist. His first studio was in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where he created detailed paintings of the ships that came through the local harbor. He later traveled to the Atlantic coast of Labrador, Canada, and became famous for his paintings of ships in open arctic waters. One of these, commissioned by Queen Victoria, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1875. (source: The Smithsonian American Art Museum). CONDITION: Overall good condition. Few areas of age cracking, largest 3/4", top left of board. Two areas of errant paint marks, largest 1/8", top right of board. 1 1/4" x 3/4" area of surface scratching, top left. Scattered discoloration in varnish layer.
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