(1670 - 1747)
Charles Bridges was active/lived in United Kingdom. Charles Bridges is known for portrait, plantation genre and figure painting.
Biography Charles Bridges
The earliest recorded professional artist in Virginia, Charles Bridges was working in the studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller in London when Colonel William Byrd of Virginia discovered him. It may have been Byrd who persuaded Bridges to come to Virginia in 1735. Byrd's family of Westover plantation and other members of plantation families along the James River became the subject of Bridges's best known work.
When Charles Bridges came to Virginia, he had the intentions of gaining portrait commissions and of founding several charity schools for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
Bridges was an exceptionally sophisticated painter for his day, undoubtedly because of his training with Kneller, a leading portrait painter of t
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