Posted on | October 27, 2008 | 4 Comments
As part of our big 30th anniversary celebration here at Bradbury & Bradbury we would like to go back in time and give you, our readers, some of the history related to the founding of this little company.
For me, a person who has been part of the company since 1982, the founding of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers is more than the story of how one man started a small company. Rather it is a terrific story about the rewards of stubborn perseverance. And with the current economic storm capsizing many companies and with all the job losses in the wake of it, I think this may be a good time to share this positive story.
It is the account of a young man with the dream, not of wealth or glory, but of sharing something of beauty with the world.
Bruce Bradbury was born in northern Maine in 1947. By the young age of thirteen Bruce’s artistic interests were starting to emerge. While attending an art class in school he was “magnetically drawn” to an illustration in a textbook, a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Intrigued with its style and dream-like quality he did some research and soon discovered that Rossetti had been a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a 19th-century reformist group of artists, painters and critics. He then learned more about that group and their ideals. Already being fascinated with medieval art, Bruce quickly appreciated the Pre-Raphaelites’ own romanticized attachment to the middle ages and it’s radiant use of color.
After learning about this circle of Victorian artists and reformers Bruce began to feel an affinity for them, like they were friends, though 100 years removed…