Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Bradley may have emigrated from Ireland in 1826. By 1836 he had established himself as a portraitist in New York, where he attracted sitters eager for his marked attention to likeness and detail. For this portrait of two-year-old Emma Homan (1842–1908), Bradley posed her standing next to a potted rosebush and playing with her cat, which scales the plant and extends a paw to bat Emma’s finger.
Signature: [at lower right]: J. Bradley 128 Sprin[g] St
with Argosy Gallery, New York, 1953; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1953–1966