Bradford Freeman (1839-1875)


freeman-daily-evening-transcriptLittle is known about the artist Bradford Freeman. During the 1860 Boston census, he was 21 years old and living with his parents and sister in Boston. Consistent with the few paintings he is known to have painted, he died at an early age in 1875. He exhibited with Benjamin Champney as evidenced by the following excerpt (pictured right) from the Boston Daily Evening Transcript of Thursday, April 23, 1868: “Champney is busy getting pictures ready for his sale next week, in conjunction with Bricher, Johnston, and Freeman.”

He died in Boston in March, 1875 of dropsy.

Freeman painted or exhibited the following paintings:

  • Lake Winnepesaukee [sic]
    Exhibited at the Boston Atheneum, 1858, second exhibition of the year, 32nd exhibition, #73.
  • Summer Afternoon
    Exhibited at the Boston Atheneum, 1861, #321.
  • In the Woods
    Exhibited at the Boston Atheneum, 1862, second exhibition of the year.
  • Apennines, Lake Como
    Catelogue #304. Northwestern Fair, Chicago, 1865.
  • Rocks at Nahant
    Opera House Art Association, Chicago, June 1866.
  • Mount Washington and North Conway
    Oil on canvas, S/L/L BRADFORD FREEMAN, c. 1868, 24″ x 36″.


Independent research by the authors