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Biography of Artist

1860 – 1942

Born near Leeds, this artist was the son of George E. Wright. In the 1871 census the family was living at Albert Villa, Victoria Road, Headingley, Leeds. One of at least five children, Wright was the brother of the painter Gilbert Scott Wright and Louise Wright, a pioneer of fashion art. Little is known of the life of George, but presumably he did quite a lot of work for illustration in his early days as there often exists a large number of his works in oils en grisaille. These pictures have often been coloured recently since the rise in the market value of his work.

In 1901 he moved to Rugby where he lived for two or three years and it is probably from this period where his polo pictures date. In 1908 he was living in Oxford and by 1929 he had moved to Richmond, Surrey. From 1925 he was under commission to Ackermann’s and had exhibitions there and at the Grand Central Galleries. Wright was married with two daughters. In 1939 he retired to Seaford, Sussex where he died.

In his early career Wright often combined with his brother Gilbert and some of his work was for calendars. He painted superb horse portraits and very good action pictures, particularly of hunting and coaching. His work is strong and well finished. He was one of the best sporting painters of his time. 

Exhibitions:

Royal academy x 33

WalkerArtGallery, Liverpool x 6

Wright, George


A Bay Hunter

16 x 20

Oil on Canvas

Price band: G (from £1500 to £3000)

Size band: B (Medium)

Subjects: Horses, Sporting

Categories: Victorian