Fidelia Bridges
(1834 - 1923)

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Begonia Blossoms


Stratford, Back of Samuel Wells


“The very titles of [Fidelia Bridge]’s pictures have the fragrance of field flowers or else they glow with the plumage of birds. It has been said … that her art sings little pastoral lyrics, and her art is certainly very fresh and sweet, charmed with much sympathetic appreciation of nature in some of her unnumbered smiling moods.”
- Walter Shaw Sparrow in Woman Painters of the World, p. 76.


Fidelia Bridges first arrived in Brooklyn, New York in 1854 as a governess to the children of William Augustus Brown, a shipowner from Bridge’s native town of Salem, Massachusetts. She later moved to Philadelphia and studied painting for three years under William Trost Richards (1833-1905). Upon her return to New York, she made her debut as an artist with an exhibition of several works in the 1863 National Academy of Design annual. In 1873, she was elected an Associate. She exhibited her acclaimed carefully executed birds and flower studies sporadically between her first submission and 1908. She was an active member of the American Water Color Society, a medium that she utilized later in life. She moved to Stratford, Connecticut in the early 1890s and remained there until her death in 1923.

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