George H. Wright

George Hand Wright (American) 1872–1951
Back to Earth, drypoint etching, pencil signed l/r, 9.25″ x 12.25″, matted and unframed.

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Excellent condition – full margins, pencil signed. Presented with the original folder insert – an essay by John Taylor Arms, President, Society of American Etchers. Unframed. This etching was from a limited edition of 100 and was signed after 1939.

George Wright was born in Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a blacksmith. He attended Spring Garden Institute and was an apprenticed lithographer. He was a student with Robert Henri, John Sloan, and William Glackens at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying under Robert Vonnah.

Following graduation, Wright moved to New York and his first published illustration appeared in Scribner’s Magazine in 1893. After marrying Anne Boylan in 1907, they settled in Westport, Connecticut where he became one of the founders of an artistic community. In mid-career, his emphasis shifted from commercial illustration to watercolors, pastels, and etchings for gallery exhibition.

Exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Society of Etchers, the Society of American Etchers and several New York galleries brought success and acclaim. Memberships in the Society of American Etchers, the Society of Illustrators, the Salmagundi Club, and the Westport Artists quickly followed, and in 1939 George Wright was elected to the National Academy of Design. He died at Westport in 1951. – Credit Wikipedia

George Hand Wright
Image credit, – Smithsonian

Also by the artist:

Another Ship – Another Victory – Poster
How do you like my new pajamas, Kitty? – Pencil, charcoal, and watercolor on board
A Polish “Better Half” – Oil on canvas
Port Royal – Guache
Bayou Country – Watercolor
The Beach at Baie, St. Paul – Etching
Image Credit – Smithsonian


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