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Charles Bridges

 (1670 - 1747)
Charles Bridges was active/lived in Virginia / England.  Charles Bridges is known for portrait, plantation genre and figure painting.

Biography   Charles Bridges


Charles Bridges was the first documented painter to live and work in Virginia and to produce work of good quality. Born to a gentry family in Northamptonshire, England, Bridges settled in London, where he may have trained as a painter and begun a career as a portraitist. After his wife's death, he moved to Williamsburg with his children in 1735.

More than two dozen portraits of Virginians are attributable to Bridges, including members of the Blair, Bolling, Carter, Custis, Grymes, Lee, Ludwell, Moore, Page, and Randolph families. He returned to England about 1744 and died in Northamptonshire in December 1747.

Charles Bridges was christened in the parish of Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire, England, on April 2, 1672, the so



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