English ( b.1892 - d.1977 )
|Image size||8.7 inches x 12.8 inches ( 22cm x 32.5cm )|
|Frame size||16.7 inches x 20.9 inches ( 42.5cm x 53cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Arthur Royce Bradbury dating from around 1938 according to a previous gallery label.
The painting is presented and supplied in a 1980s frame and mount (which is shown in these photographs).
This vintage painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
Previously with David Cohen Fine Art of Golders Green, London in the 1980s.
Arthur Royce Bradbury was an English painter of stylish portraits, landscapes and marine works. He was proficient in both oils and watercolours, illustrated books on sailing and was also an accomplished etcher.
Arthur was born in Preston, Lancashire on 17 September 1892, to Henry and Evelyn Bradbury. He was educated at Wimborne Grammar School in Dorset and continued to live in Dorset from 1905.
On leaving school he served as a cadet in the Merchant Navy on the West Africa trade route, most of his time being spent in sailing ships. He then served in the First World War, firstly in the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1915-16, then in the Dorset Regiment 1917-18. During this period, he made chalk and wash drawings of the war in France.
After the war he took painting lessons from a Dorset portrait painter, then went to London and studied at the St. John’s Wood Art School. After a year he won a five-year scholarship in the Royal Academy Schools. He went on to work as art master at his old school, Wimborne Grammar School, and Pembroke Lodge School.
From 1930 Bradbury made a number of voyages as a seaman in the barquentine Waterwitch, which sailed out of Fowey in Cornwall carrying coal and china clay. This ship was the last square rigger in British service. He made many sketches aboard her, four of which are in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The sea was a favourite subject for Bradbury and in his later years sailing was his favourite recreation. He chose to live by the sea for most of his life, with addresses in Bournemouth, Sark and for many years, Sandbanks and Poole Harbour.
During his lifetime Bradbury was a regular exhibitor at many of the most important venues including the Royal Academy (from 1906), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Royal Society of British Artists. He became an associate of the Royal West of England Academy.
Today, works by Bradbury are held by the Imperial War Museum, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Museum, Bournemouth and the Castle Cornet Museum, Guernsey.
© Big Sky Fine Art
This original oil on board was created around 1938. It depicts a fair-skinned lady in a pale green bathing costume sitting on a beach on Alderney. She is alone, leaning back on a large rock and reading from a book which is open in her lap. She has blonde hair which is held back by a scarlet red scarf tied around her head, and also wears flat cream-coloured sandals with ribbons. There is a hint of the calm blue sea at the top of the picture and the overall scene is one of tranquillity and leisure. The palette is clear and bright, giving an impression of full sunshine. This is a very stylish piece, typical of such vintage female figurative works in oils by Bradbury which are now much sought after.