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John Michael Wright (1617-1694), Painter

Artist associated with 27 portraits
Born and buried in London, Wright was apprenticed in Edinburgh in 1636 to the portrait painter, George Jamesone. After a lengthy stay in Rome in the 1640s during which he became a Roman Catholic, he worked for Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, before settling in London in 1656. Wright worked on occasion for for the court and was appointed Picture Drawer in Ordinary to the King in 1673, but his clients increasingly came from the margins of the court and particularly from the catholic nobility and gentry. He also produced a set of full-length portraits of the 'fire judges' who had adjudicated on property disputes following the Fire of London in 1666. His portraits are characterised by a certain elegant restrained realism in contrast to the suave glamour of Peter Lely.

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531

King Charles II

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1660-1665
NPG 531

6854

John Dryden

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1668
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6854

225

Thomas Hobbes

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1669-1670
NPG 225

106

Thomas Hobbes

after John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, (circa 1669-1670)
NPG 106

465

Sir Matthew Hale

after John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1670)
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 465

5568

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, 1673
NPG 5568

3805

Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey

after John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, (1676)
NPG 3805

1850

Sir William Scroggs

possibly after John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, (1678)
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 1850

3771

Sir Roger L'Estrange

attributed to John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1680
NPG 3771

D37127

John Lacy in 3 of his roles

after John Michael Wright
photograph, (circa 1668-1670)
NPG D37127

D20027

John Lacy

after John Michael Wright
watercolour, (circa 1668-1670)
NPG D20027

D35113

Sir Matthew Hale

after John Michael Wright
mezzotint, (circa 1670)
NPG D35113

D29867

Sir Matthew Hale

by Robert White, after John Michael Wright
line engraving, published 1676
NPG D29867

D31716

Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham

by Unknown engraver, after John Michael Wright
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D31716

D29856

Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham

by Unknown engraver, after John Michael Wright
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D29856

D29866

Sir Matthew Hale

after John Michael Wright, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D29866

D29865

Sir Matthew Hale

by George Vertue, after John Michael Wright
line engraving, published 1736
NPG D29865

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