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The Art of JAMA |

Bird’s Nest and Ferns Fidelia Bridges

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2015;313(19):1890-1891. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11751.
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A flash of color or a snippet of birdsong brightens the landscape in grove or grassy meadow, and watching or listening to members of the myriad bird families can be entertaining and inspiring. A robin’s peppy roundelay at dawn may render the alarm clock irrelevant for a late sleeper, but it provides a note of cheer and a sense that all is well. The airy, expressive scenes of songsters and their environs painted by Fidelia Bridges (1834-1923) have appeal for both armchair wildlife enthusiasts and birders in their Wellies with binoculars in hand.

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Fidelia Bridges (1834-1923), Bird’s Nest and Ferns, 1863, American. Oil on panel. 20 × 16.8 cm. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago (http://www.artic.edu/), Chicago, Illinois; restricted gift of Charles C. Haffner III, 1987.169. © the Art Institute of Chicago.



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