Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Will Bradley - Part 1



William Henry Bradley (Will Bradley) was an American Art Nouveau illustrator and artist. Nicknamed the "Dean of American Designers" by The Saturday Evening Post, he was the highest paid American artist of the early 20th century.
As an art director for William Randolph Hearst’s publications, he got to know and commissioned works from many illustrators such as Edward Penfield and Maxfield Parrish. His own illustrative style was influenced by Parrish’s. He remained an active and important member of the graphic arts world for the rest of his long life.
Born in Boston, Will Bradley was largely self-taught as an artist. He began working in a printer's shop at the age of twelve in Ishpeming, Michigan, where his mother had moved in 1874 after the death of his father. This work experience would be important in introducing the young man to the many issues of typesetting, advertisements, and layout that would occupy him in the years to come.
Bradley executed a number of designs to promote The Chap-Book, a short-lived but important publication based in Chicago. His 1894 design for Chap-Book,titled The Twins, has been called the first American Art Nouveau poster; this and other posters for the magazine brought him widespread recognition and popularity. In 1895 Bradley founded the Wayside Press in Springfield, Massachusetts, and published a monthly arts periodical, Bradley: His Book. He remained an active and important member of the graphic arts world for the rest of his long life.
Bradley was well acquainted with the stylistic innovations of his European counterparts. Like many French artists, he borrowed stylistic elements from Japanese prints, working in flat, broad colour planes and cropped forms. He appropriated the whiplash curves of the Art Nouveau movement so dominant in Europe at the turn of the century and was influenced by the work of the English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.


This is part 1 of a 2-part post on the works of Will Bradley:

1894 Contributors' Magazine Vol.1 No.3
Privately printed for members of the Contributors' Club

1894 In Russet and Silver by Edmund Gosse
book cover
published by Stone & Kimball, Chicago, IL

1894 The Chap-Book

1894 The Chap-Book

1894 The Inland Printer
July 1894

1894 The Inland Printer 
June 1894

1894 The Inland Printer
Volume 14 Number 3

1895 Cape of Storms by Percival Pollard

1897 The Anti-Philistine
published by J & H Cowley, London
1895 Catalogue for Columbia Bicycles
Hartford, Conn. Pope Manufacturing Co.

1895 Charles Scribner's Sons
The Modern Poster
Book Cover

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse by Rochard Doddridge Blackmore 
The Burrow Brothers Company



































1895 Narcoti-Cure
Poster

1895 Programme for Gilmore’s Court Square Theatre and Opera House
( Springfield, Massachusetts ) August 1895

1895 Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament
poster

1895 The Chap Book

1895 The Chap-Book
August 1895

1895 The Chap-Book
August 1895

1895 The Chap-Book
September 1895

1895 The Chap-Book
Thanksgiving number

1895 The Echo

1895 The Inland Printer
St. Valentine Number
February 1895

1895 The Inland Printer
November 1895

1895 The Inland Printer
Christmas 1895

1895 The Modern Poster
 48 x 29 cm

1895 (Unknown)

1896 Bradley His Book
May 1896 Vol.1 No.1

1896 Bradley His Book 

1896 Bradley His Book
Christmas

1896 Bradley His Book
June

1896 Bradley His Book
Prospectus

1896 Bradley His Book

1896 Harper's Bazar
Easter AD 1896

1896 La Belle et la Bëte

1896 The Ault & Wiborg Company

1896 The Children
Book Cover
published by The Bodley Head

1896 The Inland Printer
March 1896

1896 The Kiss

1896 The Queen

1896 The Quest of the Golden Girl by Richard Le Gallienne
published by The Bodley Head
Book Cover

1896 Victor Bicycles
advertisement

1896 Victor Bicycles
Overman Wheel Company

1896 Victor VictoriaOverman Wheel Company

1896 When Hearts are Trumps by Tom Hall
published by Stone & Kimball
Book Cover

1896 When Hearts are Trumps by Tom Hall 
published by Stone & Kimball

1897 Lucille
published by Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York
Book Cover

1897 Rip Van Winkle from the Sketch Book of Washington Irving
published for University Press by Harper & Brothers
Book Cover

1897 Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer Poet of Persia
Published for Will Bradley by R. H. Russell
Book Cover

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