Eliza Bridell-Fox was born in London and studied at Henry Sass's School of Art. Her father encouraged her to pursue her artistic career and to improve educational opportunities for women. She held weekly art classes where women artists could draw nude models, a practice not permitted for women in established art schools. She joined the Society of Female artists and was an advocate for women to be allowed to enter the Royal Academy Schools. Bridell-Fox painted both historical and everyday scenes. Some of her best known works were landscapes and depictions of Arab life painted in Algiers where she spent time following the death of her husband, artist Frederick Lee Bridell.