Tichenor was the daughter of Frederick Blantford Bate and Vera Nina Arkwright [Vera Bate Lombardi]. She spent her youth in England and attended schools in England, France, and Italy. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris in order to live with her mother who was, at the time, working as a model and muse for Coco Chanel. In fact, Vera Lombardi was the public relations liaison to the royal families of Europe for Coco Chanel between the years of 1925 and 1938. Because of this and her grandmother Rosa Frederica Baring’s link to the Barings Bank family, Bridget Tichenor was distantly related to countless aristocratic families, which helped her grow up in a milieu of high art, high fashion, and high intellectual exposure.
In 1943, Bridget Tichenor enrolled as a student at the Art Students League of New York where she studied under Reginald Marsh along with her friend painters Paul Cadmus and George Tooker. Around this time, Tichenor was beginning to be noticed by everyone around her as a striking, fashionable beauty, who sparked the interest of many. Among her admirers, we can find Anais Nin who wrote about her personal infatuation with Tichenor in her personal diary. Bridget’s list of admirers was only beginning to blossom.
In 1944, she started an affair with the photographer George Platt Lynes’ assistant, Jonathan Tichenor, while her husband was away working for the US government. She divorced from Hugh on December 11, 1944 and moved into a townhouse in Manhattan, which she shared with the notorious art patron Peggy Guggenheim. In 1945, Bridget Tichenor married Jonathan Tichenor and took his last name. Together, they moved into an artist’s studio at 105 MacDougal Street in Manhattan, New York.
After her son Jeremy’s death in 1982, Tichenor ceased all contact with his family. During the time of her death in 1990 in Mexico City, Tichenor chose to be surrounded only by her closest friends. There were no living family members beside her at the time of her death, nor were any relatives included in her last will, testament, and estate.(surrealist women atrists)