Rae Sloan Bredin
(1881–1933)

Rae Bredin was born in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1881. After graduation from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1898, he attended the New York School of Art from 1900 to 1903, where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Frank Du Mond. Bredin and his wife spent the summer of 1914 in France and Italy before moving to New Hope, PA that fall. He became a noted portraitist and landscape painter, and is today considered a major figure of the New Hope School of American Impressionism.

In 1918, Bredin returned to France and served in the French "Foyer du Soldaf", a social service of the French Army, until 1919. In 1929, he returned to France again on a portrait commission for Swarthmore College. Bredin has taught at both the New York School of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College). His paintings are in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; National Arts Club, New York City; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Philadelphia Art Club; and Salmagundi Club, New York City. Upon his death in 1933, Bredin was given a memorial exhibition at Phillips Mill, New Hope.