|Artist||Rev. Edward Bradley|
|Dimensions||Image 120 x 94 mm, Plate 176 x 125 mm, Sheet 222 x 143 mm|
An unfinished working proof impression of plate 7, to College Life. A Series of Original Etchings, by Edward Bradley, B.A. (stock number 20406). The original works which were the inspiration for 'Verdant Green.'
Inscribed by artist below image 'Proof before Scraping'.
A Don in his robes stands legs astride and chest puffed out, below the image reads: 'Knowledge Puffeth Up'
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.