Monday, 18 November 2019

Will Bradley - part 1

William H. Bradley in 1896

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.

1894 The Chap-Book "The Twins"

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.

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

1890s The Echo 

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

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

1894 The Chap-Book

1894 The Inland Printer June 1894

1894 The Inland Printer July 1894

1894 The Inland Printer
Volume 14 Number 3

1895 Cape of Storms by Percival Pollard

1895 Catalogue for Columbia Bicycles, Hartford, Conn.
Pope Manufacturing Co.

1895 Charles Scribner's Sons The Modern Poster

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

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Fringilla, or, Tales in Verse
by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

1895 Narcoti-Cure

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

1895 Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament

1895 The Chap Book ( The Poet and his Lady )

1895 The Chap-Book May 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 (Untitled)
1896 Bradley, His Book

1896 Bradley, His Book,
June

1896 Bradley, His Book
 Christmas

1896 Bradley, His Book
Prospectus

1896 Bradley, His Book

1896 Harper's Bazar
Easter 1896

1896 La Belle et la Bëte

1896 The Ault & Wiborg Company

1896 The Children
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


1896 Victor Bicycles
Overman Wheel Co. 

1896 Victor Bicycles
Overman Wheel Company

1896 Victor VictoriaOverman Wheel Company

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

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

1897 Lucille by Owen Meredith
published by Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York

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

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

1897 The Anti-Philistine
published by J & H Cowley, London

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