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BRIDGES, Fidelia, artist, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 19 May, 1835. She removed to Brooklyn, New York, in 1854, and in 1859 went to Philadelphia, where she was a pupil of W. T. Richards. In 1865-'6 she spent eighteen months studying art in Italy, Switzerland, and France. She sent to the national academy, in oil, "Winter Sunshine" and "Wild Flowers in Wheat" (1869); "Blackberry Bushes" and "Views on the Ausable" 0870); "Thistles and Yellow-Birds" (1873); and "Cornfield" and "Salt Marshes" (1874). She began painting in watercolors in 1871, and has been very successful. Some of her watercolor pictures are "Daisies and Clover" (1874); "Lily Pond" (1875); "Mouth of a River" (1876); "Rye-Field" (1877); and "Morning-Glories" (1878). In 1876 she sent to the centennial exhibition at Philadelphia "A Flock of Snow-Birds," "Kingfisher and Catkins," and "Corner of a Rye-Field," all in watercolors. She was elected an associate of the national academy of design in 1873, and member of the watercolor society in 1874. In 1878-'9 she spent a year in England. Among her later pictures are "East Hampton Meadows" (1884) and "Pastures by the Sea" (1885).
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