Francis Scott Bradford (1889-1961)

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Where: Cornwall Bridge

When: ~1940-1961


Bradford was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1889 (some sources have 1898). He attended Lawrence College, Wisconsin, and the National Academy of Design in New York. After military service in World War I, he also studied art abroad, most notably as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.


He lived in New York in the 1930s, later moving to Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, with his wife, the artist Thelma Saks Bradford (later, Thelma S. B. Ingersoll). Bradford specialized in mural painting, reaching prominence in the 1930s. It was during his time in New York that he met the young artist Marc Simont. Seeing Simont’s work, he hired Simont to assist him on some rush job murals in Connecticut, one of which was in Cornwall. 


Bradford’s commissions included murals for the Hooker Electrochemical Company, the Milwaukee courthouse, the Glens Falls National Bank, St. Dunstan’s Chapel at Cranbrook, and a mural on electrical power for the Consumers Building of the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. He also designed murals executed in mosaic, his most famous being the memorial chapel of the American Cemetery and Memorial near Cambridge, England, in 1956.


He was awarded the Prix de Rome for painting in 1923; was President of the American Academy in Rome 1941-46; received an honorary D.F.A. from Lawrence University, Appleton; and was a teacher and Associate at the National Academy of Design. He died in 1961.


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Francis Scott Bradford (1889-1961)