John Bradley Hudson was born in Portland, ME in 1832 and died in Weston, MA in 1903. He studied under Charles Octavius Cole around 1850. Like many 19th-century artists, he was an ornamental painter who decorated signs, coaches, fire buckets, and fireplace boards. He also was a landscape painter. He wrote Journey to the White Mountains in 1859, a diary which he illustrated profusely.
His work was exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum in 1868.
He resided and worked in Portland from the late 1850s until the 1890s before moving to Massachusetts.
His work has been preserved at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and at Colby College.
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