Icebound Sealer Under Winter Sun

by William Bradford (1823–1892)
Oil on canvas laid down on panel
18 x 30 inches
Signed lower left: BRADFORD

Provenance

Dr. and Mrs. S. Andrew Kulin, Waltham, Massachusetts

Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, New York

Private collection, acquired from above

Sale, Heritage, Dallas, Texas, November 17, 2023, lot 67075, from above

Exhibited

William Bradford 1823–1892, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, November 2–December 28, 1969; New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts, January 11­–February 15, 1970

Literature

William Bradford 1823–1892 (Lincoln, MA: deCordova Museum, 1969), 45, no. 30.

Related Works

Whalers Working through the Ice on the Coast of Greenland under the Midnight Sun, oil on canvas, 23¾ × 39¾ inches; Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Caught In the Ice Floes (Melville Bay/Greenland Coast), after 1870, oil on canvas, 21¾ x 35¾ inches; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

An Arctic Summer: Boring Through the Pack in Melville Bay, 1871, oil on canvas, 51¾ x 78 inches, signed and dated lower right; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Arctic Sunset, 1874, oil on canvas, 20¼ x 30¼ inches, signed and dated lower right; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Note: With this work, William Bradford conveys the dramatic scale of the Arctic region, a subject the artist portrayed throughout his career.

Artist Biography

By Jenny Lyubomudrova

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

William Bradford is known as one of the preeminent maritime painters of the nineteenth century. He began his career painting whaleships in the port of New Bedford, quickly garnering a reputation for his talent in depicting naval architecture with incredible accuracy. His journeys to northern locations such as Grand Manan and the Bay of Fundy, followed by his numerous expeditions to the Arctic, established him as the “Painter of the Polar World” and brought him international acclaim.

Bradford was born on April 30, 1823 in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. A descendent of

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