- May Brawley Hill
Bridges, Fidelia (19 May 1834–14 May 1923), watercolorist and illustrator, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry Gardner Bridges, a ship captain, and Eliza Chadwick. The family was comfortably established, but when Captain Bridges died in China in December 1849 and Mrs. Bridges died just three months later, the family house and furniture had to be sold to pay estate debts. Since Fidelia was not yet sixteen and her brother was a year younger, the older sisters, Eliza and Elizabeth, tried to support the family by starting a school. Fidelia probably helped, as she had been given drawing lessons and was qualified as a teacher of drawing. The school was not a success, and in 1854 the sisters, at the suggestion of Eliza’s friend, poet and later sculptor ...