Edna Bridge was born in West Ham, Essex, to Jesse Bridge and Caroline (nee Comfort). Together with her twin brother Leslie Victor, she grew up at New Hall Farm, Hockley, Essex. Much later, in the 1950's, she moved to Newlyn where she was able to set up her first small Studio. [Information provided by nephew who holds work by her in the family.]
Five paintings by this landscape and flower painter form part of the permanent collection of art in the possession of St Michael's Hospital (SMH) Hayle. Bridge was a member of the NSA and made an Honorary Life Member for her services to the Gallery. Two of her paintings are also part of the NAG collection.
A recent correspondent (2015) wrote that he had purchased a painting, St Agnes, by Edna Bridge, in St Ives in the 1960s. Another has reported a portrait painted by Bridge of his mother, Irene Greenford, which is signed.
Edna Bridge's great-nephew has been in touch (2018) to tell us of an oil painting entitled 'Mullion Cove' which he purchased recently. He inherited two further oil paintings - one of her childhood home in Hockley, and another, 'Spring in Cornwall', whose location is described by the artist as Buryas Bridge. He recalls meeting her only once, at her home and studio in Newlyn, as a child during the 1960s, when she would have been in her mid-60s.
Painter in oils of landscape and flowers; portraits
works and access
Works incl: (all at SMH) Wild Flowers (1950); Little Home (1952); Bridge at Bruges; Land's End; Zennor Point
(at NAG) Old Newlyn, Summer (1955); Girl in a Bonnet; St Agnes
NSA: Listed 1972-73
misc further info
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary of a Gallery (memb lists)
McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly pp64-5, p80