Charles Cushing Wright (1796-1854)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "Charles CushingWright / Vet 1812 . . . founded Natl Acad Des / on MDCCCXXV / Charles Lennox Wright II Px. 1932"
A native of Damariscotta, Maine, the subject served an apprenticeship to a silversmith in Utica, New York, learning the techniques of engraving. He established himself in New York City in 1823 and until 1827 was in partnership with Asher B. Durand in the firm of Durand and Wright, Engravers. Like Durand, Wright was of the "First Fifteen," founders of the National Academy of Design. Charles Lennox Wright II, the artist and donor, was the subject's great-grandson.
Gift of the artist
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