A Whaler in the Ice, Chopping Out

after 1869
William Bradford (American, 1823–1892)


Dimensions

Image/canvas, approximately: 75.7 x 121.2 cm (29 13/16 x 47 11/16 in.) Framed: 94.9 x 140.3 cm (37 3/8 x 55 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1997.147

Medium or Technique

Charcoal and thinned oil paint on gray primed canvas, varnished

On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Is this a finished work, or is it a sketch? We don’t know, but Bradford used an unusual combination of charcoal and thinned oil paint to create an effect that is fittingly bleak and chilly. Bradford specialized in Arctic scenes and had first-hand experience of the north, where he painted, sketched, and made photographs.

Inscription

Signed in graphite, in image, l. r. corner: Wm. Bradford

Provenance

Vose Galleries, Boston; Florence Lewisohn, New York; Lewis A. Shepard, Worcester, MA; purchased by MFA September 1997.

Credit Line

M. and M. Karolik Fund