Artist NameFidelia Bridges (American, 1834 - 1923)
TitleWhite Azalea
Date of ArtworkUnknown
MediumWatercolor over pencil on paper
SizePurchase, Betsy Mudge Wilson, class of 1956, Memorial Fund, 1983.10, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Further Information

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.