Portrait of Thomas Bud Bradford

Portrait of Thomas Bud Bradford

Bass Otis (1784-1861)

Probably 1840s

Oil on canvas

On long-term loan courtesy of the Bradford-Loockerman Family

Thomas Bud Bradford inherited the estate of his grandfather, Dover merchant Vincent Loockerman, and would help modernize Dover’s downtown area by transforming nearby farmlands into new housing developments. Perhaps to commemorate his newfound success, Bradford had his portrait painted by popular Philadelphia limner and inventor, Bass Otis.