Williams Bradley

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William Bradley was born at Manchester in 1801 (died in 1857). Left an orphan when only three years of age, he commenced life as an errand boy, but his innate taste for drawing prevailed over all impediments, and at sixteen years of age he began practice as an artist, taking portraits at one shilling each, and advertising himself as "portrait, miniature, and animal painter, and teacher of drawing." He had a few lessons himself from Mather Brown, then in high repute at Manchester; and at the age of twenty-one went to London, where he was fortunate enough to obtain an introduction to Sir Thomas Lawrence, who gave him encouragement.