Symposia: Inner Light – The World of William Bradford

Saturday, April 8

painting by William Bradford -- New Bedford Harbor at Sunset

New Bedford Harbor at Sunset.
William Bradford c. 1858. oil on canvas.

The Whaling Museum has the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of works by William Bradford, who has been celebrated in the exhibition Inner Light. To mark the end of this show, we invite you to learn more about the artist and his time. Hear about themes like artist travelers to the Arctic, the age of the “Great” paintings, and the first art exhibition in New Bedford, which included some of the most renowned artists of the day. Bradford was an explorer, a painter, and an entrepreneur whose life provides a fascinating perspective on the arts and culture of the second half of the 19th century. Join us for lively lectures and discussions to honor this local artist and some of the greatest masterpieces in the Museum’s collection.

Lecture Topics

  • The World of William Bradford: 19th century American painting
  • Artist Explorers: William Bradford and Albert Bierstadt
  • The Arctic in American Painting
  • Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford in New Bedford
  • Arctic Regions: The Photography of William Bradford



Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Call: 508-997-0046 ext. 100
Online: Symposia Registration 



Last modified: February 23, 2017