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Bridges, Fidelia
American (1834-1923)



Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1834, Fidelia Bridges became a specialist in meticulous watercolor studies of plants, flowers and birds in their natural surroundings. In 1860, Bridges studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia under the tutelage of William Trost Richards. Bridges was also a well-known illustrator, a practice that defined her career, creating illustrations for a number of books, as well as designing greeting cards and calendars.

In 1874 Bridges was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design and in 1875 became a member of the National Watercolor Society. Bridges exhibited her works extensively in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Royal Academy of Arts in England. Posthumous exhibitions of Bridges’ work occurred in 1984 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Her work is in many public and private collections, including at the Smithsonian Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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