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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing white stock, black waistcoat and jacket

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing white stock, black waistcoat and jacket

John Inigo Wright (d.1820)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing white stock, black waistcoat and jacket

John Inigo Wright (d.1820)

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Price:

£2,200

Materials:

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions:

Oval, 3 in (78 mm) high

Provenance:

Private Collection UK since 2002

Inscriptions:

The backing paper on reverse signed and inscribed ‘J Wright/ Miniature Painter/ to his Royal Highness/ The Duke of Kent/ Gerard St/ Soho/ No 28’

Frame:

Gold plated frame

As with the present work, the faces of his sitters tend to show a powerful resonance with the larger works of Thomas Lawrence...

John Inigo Wright exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1795-1819 and is perhaps best remembered for his striking copies on ivory of works by the numerous great artists of the day, including Sir Thomas Lawrence and John Hoppner. Wright’s close affiliation with these large oil portraits suggests that he enjoyed a close working relationship with society artists, offering their patrons a similarly lively depiction ‘in little’.

Wright worked on both rectangular and oval shaped ivory and, as with the present work, the faces of his sitters tend to show a powerful resonance with the larger works of Thomas Lawrence. Wright’s assertion on the reverse of the miniature was he was painter to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), is only substantiated by a miniature in the Royal Collection of his patron [RCIN 421041] and may have been an informal appointment. Edward, Duke of Kent was the father of Queen Victoria and the fourth son of George III.

Much of Wright’s life remains a mystery, including his exact date of birth, but it is certain that he married twice; his first wife died whilst giving birth to his first son, John William Wright. Wright committed suicide the same year as the death of the Duke of Kent in 1820, leaving a legacy of works portraying the leading figures of the day in his distinctive hand.

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