On-Line Exhibit: Arctic Diary (Paintings and Photographs by William Bradford, 1823-1892)

Clark Art Institute Library – “During the 1860s and 1870s the Arctic was a central preoccupation for the American artist William Bradford (1823-1892). Captivated by what he described as “the terrible aspects of the Frigid Zone,” Bradford mounted his most ambitious Arctic expedition in 1869 and enlisted the services of professional photographers John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson to document the voyage. Bradford used these photographs to illustrate The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland, a travelogue recounting the expedition, which is today considered a landmark in the history of the photographically illustrated book.”

Exhibit includes a flash media presentation on Bradford and his 1869 journey to Greenland.  “William Bradford left Boston on June 13, 1869, for St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he boarded the Panther, a 325-ton converted sealing ship.  Between July 3 and October 3, the Panther covered over five thousand nautical miles, steaming one hundred miles into the ice floes of Melville Bay before impenetrable pack ice forced the grew to turn back.”

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