Item #AT-0324

"Wild Horses" Mixed Media on Board by Francis Scott Bradford (1898 - 1961)


"Wild Horses" Mixed Media on Board by Francis Scott Bradford (1898 - 1961)




8"H x 10"W


14.5" x 16.5"

Francis Scott Bradford was born in the year 1898 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He had a normal traditional childhood and had not yet been exposed to art. Bradford was enrolled as a full-time student in engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

During this time was the outbreak of World War I. He dropped out of school to enlist in the army. It was while receiving treatment in a Des Moines, Iowa, army hospital that he decided to become an artist. He first took a course in at the Cumming School of Art in Des Moines; in 1920 he moved to New York and entered the National Academy School, where he studied with Charles Hinton and George Maynard.

In 1923, having received the Academy's Mooney Traveling Scholarship, and the Prix de Rome, he left for four years of study at the American Academy in Rome.

In 1929 he married Thelma Saks (1911-1992) then went back to New York City where he taught and was an Associate at the National Academy of Design from 1931 to 1936, and also was a teacher at Cooper Union from 1930 to 1932, and at the Yale University School of Fine Arts in 1938. Later that year he moved to Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, maintaining a studio in New York City. Bradford was primarily a muralist but also painted modern still life, and portraits. His work in field of murals includes: twenty-six panels in the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) County Court House, (1932); six for Lever Brothers building at The Sloan School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; ten for the New York World's Fair, (1939); murals for the Outgamie County Courthouse at Appleton, Wisconsin, (1942); the Fifth Avenue branch of the National City Bank of New York, (1950); an altarpiece for the Resurrection Chapel of Christ Church, Cranbrook, Michigan;

He did a magnificent mosaic ceiling and apse in chapel at the United States Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England, (1953); and five mosaic tympana on the theme of charity for the porch of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D. C. The Academy awarded Bradford the Samuel F. B. Morse medal in 1960 for his marble mosaic tympana at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C.

His works are included in many important institutions including The National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington D.C.; The National Academy of Design, NY .NY. ; The National Archives, Detroit Michigan; Colby College Art Museum, Waterville, Maine; Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, NY; The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; The Cooper Hewitt Museum NYC; The Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington DC and Monmouth Museum in Lincroft New Jersey.

He passed away in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut in the year 1961.