Hugh Bridport

(1794 - 1869)

Hugh Bridport was born in England, where he trained at the Royal Academy with miniature painter Charles Wilkins. Bridport immigrated to Philadelphia with his artist brother George in 1816, where they established an architectural drawing academy which operated until 1822. In 1824, Bridport served as a founding member of the Franklin Institute, teaching architectural drawing classes there until 1833. Later Bridport engaged in the trade of lithography with Kennedy & Lucas, the first commercial establishment of its type in Philadelphia.


Hugh Bridport: Portrait, miniiature painter and engraver. A student at the Royal Academy and later under C. Wilkin, a miniature painter, Bridport, at Thomas Sully's suggestion, sailed for the United States in 1816, and settled in Philadelphia. In 1817, he opened an art school with his brother, George Bridport, an interior decorator. In 1818, he conducted a school for both art and architecture with John Haviland. In 1817, he exhibited three water color scenes in Wales and may have revisited the British Isles.

Early American Portrait Painters in Miniature