Alvah Bradish

1806-1901
Alvah Bradish's ad for portrait painting in Kingston. Source: Chronicle & Gazette, August 10, 1842.Pinterest
Alvah Bradish's ad for portrait painting in Kingston. Source: Chronicle & Gazette, August 10, 1842.

The American artist Alvah Bradish painted portraits of more than 500 friends, state and national leaders in his 60 year career. In 1834, at the age of 33, he moved from Sheburrne, New York to Detriot Michigan where he made the acquaintance of everyone from politicains and lawyers to clergy and businessmen and it was these relationships that laid the groundwork for the rest of his career. Widely recognized in his lifetime, much of his work is now scattered across the United States, in part due to the movements of the portraits subjects. He also travelled, setting up portrait sessions while he went, from time to time. Likely, it was on one of these trips that he painted the John Counter portrait that hangs in City Hall today.