The Bedmaker

Method Etching
Artist Rev. Edward Bradley
Published [1849]
Dimensions Image 136 x 97 mm, Plate 150 x 113 mm, Sheet 246 x 185 mm
Notes A satirising depiction of a college bed maker, with an abnormally large head, holding a broom in one hand and a bottle to her mouth with the other and standing before a cupboard filled with more bottles. From the third part of Bradley's "College Life. A Series of Original Etchings". This series formed the inspiration for his later book "The Adventures if Mr. verdant Green".

Inscription below image: "Ye Collegianne his Bedde-Makere ... bye youre leave. - From "Ye Books of Merrye Jestes"

Rev. Edward Bradley (March 25, 1827 - December 12, 1889) was an English author, illustrator, wood-engraver, watercolourist, photographer and reverand. Born in Kidderminster, he studied at Durham University where he graduated in 1848. He then spent a year at Oxford but never matriculated. He was ordained in 1850. He used the pen name Cuthbert Bede, B.A.. He learned wood engraving techniques from George Cruickshank and whose influence can be seen in Bradley's illustrations. His most famous work was The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, on the experiences of an Oxford undergraduate. He was also a contributor to Punch, The Gentleman's Magazine, Illustrated London Magazine, Illustrated London News, The Boys' Own Annual, and Notes and Queries.

Condition: Overall time toning. Staining from previous mount outside the plate mark.
Framing unmounted
Price £50.00
Stock ID 47095