|Artist Name||Fidelia Bridges (American, 1834 - 1923)|
|Date of Artwork||Unknown|
|Medium||Watercolor over pencil on paper|
|Size||Purchase, Betsy Mudge Wilson, class of 1956, Memorial Fund, 1983.10, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.|
Having attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied with William Trost Richards, Fidelia Bridges subsequently made a specialty of delicate renderings of plants and wildlife based on study from nature. Bridges's White Azalea was featured in a series of mini-exhibitions on the themes of art, science, and technology organized by the Loeb to celebrate the opening of a new building at Vassar, the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences. This refined white azalea on light brown paper was included in a display on botany, alongside other works by women including a watercolor of a velvety peony by "Mrs. Clay of Philadelphia," and a cyanotype of a wafer ash by Anna Atkins.