From his beginnings as a draftsman and painter, William Bradford sought to portray his scenes with the greatest accuracy. "A block or line of rigging out of place, a mast set too forward or aft, the improper location of boat davits and deck furniture, or sloppy rendering of a figurehead would not escape scrutiny..." (R.C. Kugler, William Bradford: Sailing Ships & Arctic Seas, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 2003, p. 6)
Bradford's first voyage out of Cape Cod took place in July 1856 to the island of Grand Manan and the Bay of Fundy between Maine and Nova Scotia. The artist returned there on a later sail in 1860.
According to Richard Kugler, the subject is either off Grand Manan Island and the Bay of Fundy between Maine and Nova Scotia or the South Coast of Nova Scotia.
We are grateful to Richard C. Kugler for kindly confirming the authenticity of this work.