Will H. Bradley – Fringilla 1895

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William H. Bradley (1868 – 1962) was an American Art Nouveau illustrator and artist. Nicknamed the “Dean of American Designers”, he was the highest paid American artist of the early 20th century. He was a prolific artist and designer up until his death at age 94.

Will H. Bradley, perhaps the best known American illustrator at the end of the 19th century. Heavily influenced by the fine Art Nouveau movement during that period, he designed posters, covers for various magazines, advertisements and books. Fringilla, published in 1895 by the Borrows Brothers is one of his masterwork. Beautifully designed, showed a new level of maturity in his works. One can see some influences of Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris and Charles Ricketts in his designs, but his creativity and unique vision remains placed him among the greats. Enjoy !

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