F. Bradley & Co



F. Bradley & Co




above - this photograph is inscribed "My studio in 1890" and "My studio." The reverse is inscribed in pencil "J. W. Bradley Chch" and "F. Bradley & Co"

This appears to be a painter's studio however the painted backdrop and curtain along with the glassed wall and ceiling may indicate this was previously a photographer's studio. F. Bradley & Co. are shown in Hardwicke Knight's "New Zealand Photographers - A selection" as operating in Christchurch during the period 1880s - 1890s.


Landscape Photography.-
We have, received from Messrs F. Bradley and Co. a copy of one of their protographic (sic) landscapes of New Zealand. The view in question is an admirable one showing Port Robinson, Gore Bay, the hon. W. Robinson's shipping place, with bullock teams, and wool waggons, the scene of the waterspout recently referred to in our columns. The photograph is of the size known as whole plate, and we observe that the company referred to are issuing New Zealand views of this size to subscribers at the rate of one shilling per copy weekly. As subscribers are allowed to chose from a large number of subjects we anticipate a considerable demand for these views.

Colonist, Volume XXVII, Issue 3859, 5 March 1884, Page 3




At the Christchurch Industries Exhibition in 1916, Messrs Bradley and Co. showed a fine display of window glazing work.  
Press, Volume LII, Issue 15572, 24 April 1916, Page 4


Bullock Team and Wool Waggon, Cheviot

photograph courtesy of Smith's Bookshop, Christchurch

Lake Hope, White Island

photograph courtesy of Smith's Bookshop, Christchurch


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great scoop to find this image. of course photographers often styled themselves as "photo artists" and many artists took photos and then used them as the basis or background for a painted portrait much like copying or tracing the image.

Anonymous said...

This might be the same person. John Bradley was a part-time photographer and ran a successful house decoration business from Colombo street in the 1890s from which emerged the well-known Christchurch stained Glass company Bradley Bros around 1909.
Bradley family lore has it that van der Velden swapped a drawing as part payment for art supplies from John Bradley.

http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/blog/bunker-notes/2014/03/13/norwestern-sky/
http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/blog/collection-articles/2014/07/23/norwestern-sky-by-petrus-van-der-velden/