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Fidelia Bridges

Fidelia Bridges: Shorebirds by Fidelia Bridges

Shorebirds by Fidelia Bridges

American

1834 - 1923

Fidelia Bridges, born in Salem, Massachusetts, took up drawing when convalescing from a childhood illness. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with William Trost Richards, with whom she would share a close mentorship. By 1862 she had her own studio in downtown Philadelphia working as a painter and illustrator. Known for intricate and delicately detailed paintings that capture poetic glimpses of nature, her works were exhibited at the National Academy of Design and published in a number of books and magazines. One of her favorite subjects was the birds found along the banks of the Housatonic River in Connecticut. A bird sanctuary in Canaan was named in her honor.

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