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William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Instantaneous View of Icebergs which, from their similarity and beauty, we named the Twins."
Plate 2 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 6 x 8 7/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Iceberg Grounded near the Land"
Plate 6 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 6 5/16 x 5 13/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Iceberg, showing the action of the water washing and wearing it into its present shape"
Plate 7 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 3 9/16 x 5 7/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Instantaneous view of Icebergs"
Plate 9 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 4 1/16 x 2 3/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Icebergs"
Plate 10 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 2 3/4 x 4 1/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Glacier as seen forcing itself down over the land and into the waters of the Fiord. The Glacier seen at the left on the land is much finer rendered in the large upright view, no. 40."
Plate 32 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 7/8 x 8 13/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Steamer taking soundings in front of the Glacier. Captain Bartlett finding the Water 500 feet deep, making a Solid Wall of Ice, to be seen if the Water was away, of between 775 and 800 feet high."
Plate 35 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"An extended view of a Section of the front of the Glacier, showing the wall, or frost, which was discharged or broken off"
Plate 37 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 11 1/4 x 15 3/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Front view of the Glacier near to the rocks over which it is moving. From the water's line to the top is from 275 to 300 feet high, and the current flows directly from the front of the Glacier, at the rate of about three miles the hour, through the arches and holes in the Glacier. The arches or caverns seen in icebergs are mostly formed previous the berg being broken off from the glacier."
Plate 38 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 11 x 15 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The View of the Sermitsialik Glacier, the front extending into the middle of the Fiord, showing over one mile of its front, which was over 275 feet above the water."
Plate 41* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 24 x 37 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The front of the Glacier, as seen on the land, being forced over the rocks, presenting a wall about seventy-five feet high. A nearer view of what is seen at the left in No. 32, the part which is coming over the rocks."
Plate 40 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 15 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Enlarged view of No. 33"
Plate 41 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 8 1/8 x 6 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"View of the Fiord of what may be termed a Jam of Icebergs. This is a scene in a Fiord after an awful discharge of the Glacier, when an immense number of bergs were thrown off, completely filling the Fiord which was some six or seven miles long and four wide."
Plate 43 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Steamer among the Icebergs heading to the northward"
Plate 47 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 3 3/16 x 4 3/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Side View of the Glacier where the middle is forced out more rapidly than the sides"
Plate 47* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Kunak Mountain in Davis Straits, with the Glacier on its summit. The finest view, showing its form and precipitous sides of 5,000 feet. There have been several attempts to reach the summit, but none of them have ever been successful."
Plate 49 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Instantaneous view of Icebergs on our way north"
Plate 50* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Kunak Mountain partially enveloped in a Fog"
Plate 51 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Kunak Mountain, with the commencement of a Fog Bank. The distance from the Foreground to the top of the mountain was six miles; the detail given so clearly shows the remarkable purity and clearness of the atmosphere"
Plate 52 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The View shows the beautiful forms in varied shapes which the Berg assumed. On this berg we found a lake of fresh water, covering an acre in extent."
Plate 55 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 8 9/16 x 15 13/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The 'Panther' passing up the Coast under the Midnight Sun"
Plate 59 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 2 15/16 x 4 1/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Instantaneous view of Icebergs off the coast, at mid-day"
Plate 59* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Looking down Karsut Fiord - The Cliffs on the left were calculated by Dr. Hayes at about 4,000 feet in height."
Plate 62 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Esquimaux carrying his Kayak to the water to start on hunt"
Plate 65 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 3 x 4 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Instantaneous view of Iceberg"
Plate 65* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The "Panther" moored to the heavy Hummock Ice"
Plate 79 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Midnight Sun in Melville Bay in August"
Plate 80 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Nearer view of the Polar Bears"
Plate 82 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 1/4 x 7 9/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Hunting by steam in Melville Bay, the party after a day’s sport killing six Polar Bears within the twenty-four hours"
Plate 83 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Steaming to the northward on the 7th of August, through a lead in the floe and among the icebergs"
Plate 86 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 3 3/8 x 4 13/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"View of the Devil’s Thumb, taken about two miles from the base of the mountain, which is nearly two thousand feet high. This locality is always avoided by the exploring expeditions and whalers, on account of the numerous icebergs and the danger of getting nipped among the floes, which are constantly changing, owing to the currents and wind. Many whalers have been crushed in this locality."
Plate 92 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 3/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"View of the Devil’s Thumb partially enveloped in a Fog, with the first of the Drift Ice from the Pack, which was being forced toward the Land, from which we escaped through a narrow Lead; had we been hemmed in, we would have had to Winter there."
Plate 92.2 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 7 7/8 x 11 1/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Here we were surrounded by the wildest Scene possible to conceive. The largest Icebergs and heavy Hummock Ice seemed as if they enticed us amongst them to destroy us. While fast to one of the Icebergs a large Mass fell off, only Two Hundred Feet from our Stern, causing such a commotion in the Water that our Vessel rubbed her sides against the Iceberg in a very dangerous manner. We cast off and steamed to what we though a more safe Berg, and experienced while there a heavy Snowstorm."
Plate 93 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 5 3/8 x 8 13/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The 'Panther' made fast to the Floe in Melville Bay, between the Icebergs and Field Ice."
Plate 94* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 3/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Where we patiently waited and quietly hoped for the Ice to open"
Plate 96 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 4 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Hard at work under a full head of steam, trying to escape being Nipped. 12th of August."
Plate 97 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 2 1/2 x 3 3/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Castle Berg in Melville Bay over two hundred feet high. The Figure, which is some seventy-five feet from the Base, gives an object to compare with the Berg. The Ice in the foreground is about eighteen inches in thickness."
Plate 98 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Between the Iceberg and Field Ice. The "Panther" firing up to escape being forced on to the Berg, as the Ice-Field was swinging towards the Berg which was grounded."
Plate 98* from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Section of an Immense Berg, which was nearly half a mile in length, and was grounded in over five hundred feet of water. This Berg shows the texture very finely."
Plate 101 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 12 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Steamer, in an open lead, moored to the edge of the Ice Field. The Iceberg was about one third of a mile in length, and grounded in about five hundred feet of water. Its height above the water was two hundred and seventy-five feet"
Plate 102 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 14 3/16 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"The Farthest point reached (August 17th). Here the steamer is surrounded by the heaviest of rafter and hummock ice. After being liberated we shaped our course back."
Plate 103 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Esquimaux wide awake. He kept his eye on the Camera while being photographed, expecting it would go off or hurt him in some way"
Plate 120 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 4 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford, John. L. Dunmore, and George Critcherson
"Esquimaux Toupek or Skin Tent. The boat or kayak is placed on poles to keep it from dogs, which destroy everything they can reach."
Plate 121 from Bradford's The Arctic Regions (London, 1873)
Albumen print, 10 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
Acquired by the Clark Art Institute Library with funds provided in part by the Scott Opler Foundation, 1999

William Bradford
Sermitsialik Glacier (“View Chosen by Princess Louise for her Picture”)
1872
Albumen print, 6 1/2 x 16 3/16 inches
Used with permission of the trustees of the New Bedford Free Public Library

Paintings

William Bradford
Steamer “Panther” among the Icebergs in Melville Bay
1874
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches
Collection of Maurice Tempelsman

William Bradford
Ice Bound Sealer Under Winter Sun
1877
Oil on canvas, 18 x 30 inches
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts. Irving Meyer Memorial Fund and James Philip Gray Collection

William Bradford
Arctic Seascape
c. 1869
Oil on paper, 13 x 21 inches inches
Collection of Thomas F. Farb and Stacy S. Valhouli

William Bradford
Caught in the Ice
1882
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches
Collection of Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon

William Bradford
Ice Floes under the Midnight Sun
1869
Oil on paper, 13 ½ x 21 inches
Collection of Rose-Marie and William Shanahan

William Bradford
Seascape with Icebergs
1877
Oil on board, 9 x 14 inches
Collection of Rose-Marie and William Shanahan

William Bradford
Iceberg
1869
Oil on board, 13 ½ x 21 inches
Collection of Michael J. Ettner

William Bradford
Ice Dwellers Watching the Invaders
c. 1875
Oil on canvas, 34 ¼ x 52 ¼ inches
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Mass.

William Bradford
View of Sermitsialik Glacier
c. 1873
Oil on canvas, 18 x 30 inches
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Mass.

William Bradford
The “Panther” in Melville Bay
1873
Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 30 inches
The Royal Collection © 2002. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

William Bradford
An Arctic Summer: Boring Through the Pack Ice at Melville Bay
1871
Oil on canvas, 51 3/4 x 78 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Erving and Joyce Wolf, 1982.
Photograph © 1983 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Other

William Bradford
The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland
1873
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, Vermont


The "Panther" anchoring by the side of a gigantic iceberg" by William Bradford
From "Icebergs," an article by Professor Charles A. Joy in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, vol. 2, no 1 (July 1876)
Library of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Drawings

William Bradford
The Steamer "Panther," among the field ice and icebergs in Melville Bay in August
1869
Page from sketchbook, pencil on paper, 5 9/16 x 8 5/8 inches
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut

William Bradford
Multiple Views of the "Panther" Surrounded by Icebergs
1869
Pencil on paper, 14 3/4 x 21 3/16 inches
Used with permission of the trustees of the New Bedford Free Public Library

William Bradford
“Panther” amongst the ’bergs
1869
Pencil on paper, 14 1/2 x 21 1/16 inches
Used with permission of the trustees of the New Bedford Free Public Library