Obituaries | Christopher Warman Bradbury, 1944-2022

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Artist and former custodian of art and exhibitions at Winchester’s Guildhall Gallery and Westgate Museum Armory, Christopher Wardman Bradbury, died on January 12.

A talented artist and illustrator, Christopher has had two distinct careers. After studying illustration at Manchester Art College, a postgraduate year at Hornsey College of Art quickly led to a successful freelance career in painting and illustration.

Its style paid homage to the Italian Renaissance and the elegant curves of Art Nouveau, with a hint of the psychedelic – a perfect mix for the sixties.

His illustrations appeared regularly in The Sunday Times and other supplements, and adorned many adult and children’s books, but his best-known work is his iconic poster, Iguanodon, Triceratops, Diplodocus. . . South Kensington Natural History Museum, commissioned by London Transport in 1968 for the opening of the London Underground Victoria Line.

Iguanodon, Triceratops, Diplodocus… Natural History Museum of South Kensington, 1968 Copyright TfL, from the collection of the London Transport Museum

Its subject is the Natural History Museum, and the poster is a tour de force of form and color, in which fragments of fossils, animals, minerals, Gothic architecture and an ichthyosaur skeleton stand come together in a strong and coherent image representing the museum. rich collections.

A signed copy is held in the V&A Collections and the poster is still available for purchase at the London Transport Museum.

In 1978 Christopher changed careers, joining the Winchester City Museum, as art and exhibition custodian, acquiring works for the museum and commissioning ever-changing art exhibitions for the city’s Guildhall Gallery .

A lifelong lover of arms and armor, he also took responsibility for the museum’s collection, which he exhibited in the city’s west gate. After retirement he moved to Herefordshire, with his partner Christine and beloved Labrador Titus, taking charge of a Georgian house for restoration and, for three years, voluntary guardianship of the Leominster Museum.

As an ardent lover of history, those who knew Christopher would agree with his belief that he was born in the wrong century. In his later years, able to devote himself fully to his eclectic and sometimes eccentric collection of art, antiques and original objects of all kinds, he was able to become a true “gentleman antique dealer”.

He died suddenly at home in his library, where he loved to be.

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