Artist Research: Will H. Bradley

Will H. Bradley (1868-1962) was an American artist and Nouveau Illustrator.  He was the highest paid illustrator of the twentieth century and he was nick named the” Dean of American Designers”.  Bradley received his first job when he was 12 as a printer for a weekly newspaper.  Later he set up Wayside Press where he was an illustrator, typographer, editor, designer, and press manager.  He created his first book titled Bradley: His Book.  The book consisted of stories, poems, and sketches.  The book was a success and he was financially successful.  At the age of 28, Bradley was forced to sell Wayside Press do to stress.  Afterward, he continued to work for other companies such as Collier’s Weekly, and William Randolph Hearst’s film division.  Bradley also won the highest award for any graphic designer, the AIGA Award in 1954.


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