British, (c. 1860-1941)
An Author, Humorist and Illustrator born in the town of Kidderminster. Edward Bradley was educated at University College, Durham, where he studied Theology. In 1850 he was ordained Deacon, and was curate of Glatton, Huntingdoneshire from 1850 to 1854; Leigh, Worcestershire from 1854 to 1857; Bubbington, Staffordshire from 1857 to 1859; he was rector or vicar of Denton, near Peterborough from 1859 to 1871; Stretton near Oakham from 1871 to 1883.
His best known work, with his own illustrations, was “The adventures of Mr. Verdont Green, an Oxford Freshman, 1852-6.” As well as illustrations, he painted watercolours of his churches, which can be a little dull. They are signed with his nom de plume Cuthbert Bede. He made many charming studies of the game of polo which he portrayed in a very simple style using watercolours, pen, ink and pencil.
“The Fochound of the Twentieth Century” was a book which Bradley wrote in 1914. Of which contains the most exhaustive review of the hounds which dominated the kennels of England in the first fifteen years of the Twentieth Century. It has been said of Mr. Bradley’s drawings and paintings of hounds that they were stiff and often exaggerated, but nevertheless they form a permanent record of the animal which they represent – the foxhound of the Twentieth Century.
Bradley’s other book “Remininsences of Gillard, Huntsman with the Belvoir Hounds, 1860-1895.”
Rev. Edward Bradley, circa 1860-1941, debatable dates. The dictionary of British Watercolour Artists quotes “Born 1827 and died in 1889.”