About The Author
During a twenty-four year residence in London, Richard Lee Bradshaw devoted himself to studies in art, genealogy, and British history, particularly the 1642 - 1776 period of English American colonization. He studied English watercolor techniques and achieved success in having his paintings accepted for the Royal Academy Open show and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1986. He began writing in 1990, contributing to Margaret Hyde’s 1996 book Thomas Arden of Faversham, and publishing articles on the East India Company’s Nepalese War of 1815. He has been a member of the London’s Institute of Historical Research, The Society of Genealogists, and The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Born 1930 in Kansas U.S.A., Bradshaw studied with William Dickerson, the well-known Kansas regionalist painter, at the Wichita Art Association Gallery School. He began his working career as a window-display assistant to the recognized Irish artist and designer Fred Wassall. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War and upon his return to civilian life he became a free-lance commercial artist and designer in his home state. He moved to Los Angeles California where he was Art Director of Computer Sciences Corporation and, later, a partner and Creative Vice President of Presentation Media Inc. In 1983 he left his business career and moved, with his wife, to London where he took up the study of English watercolor techniques. He painted in England and France with his friend and mentor, the late Ronald Scott-Thorn Wilkinson. One of Richard’s paintings is in the library collection of Wilkinson‘s alma-mater, Merton College, Oxford. Three of his paintings were accepted for exhibition at the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours annual show and at the Royal Academy Open Show in 1986. His paintings are in many private collections.