Rocky Shore

by William Bradford (1823–1892)
Oil on paper mounted to board
13½ x 19 7/16 inches
Signed lower right: W Bradford



(Possibly) Lake View Gallery, New York, New York, by 1976

(Probably) William Vareika Fine Arts Ltd, Newport, Rhode Island

Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, LLC, New York, New York

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above, 2009

Private collection, Connecticut, acquired from above, 2012


William Vareika Fine Arts Ltd, Newport, Rhode Island, Homage to the Sea, July 11–September 14, 2008


Homage to the Sea (Newport, RI: William Vareika Fine Arts Ltd, 2008), n.p.

Related Work 

Rock Study at Nahant, Massachusetts, ca. 1855, oil on paper, 12½ x 18¾ inches, signed lower right: W Bradford; Collection of Mrs. A. Leeds Wheeler

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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