"Figure in the Forest"   Lot no. 2172

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By George Hand Wright (1872-1951)

23.50" x 15.00"
Watercolor on Board
Signed Lower Right



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The son of a blacksmith, George Hand Wright always retained a sympathy for rustic subjects and working people in his illustrations for The Century, Scribner’s, Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post and other publications. He researched his pictorial material as a reporter, filling innumerable sketch books and making his finished illustrations from these on-the-spot drawings. In fact, many of his sketches were reproduced directly in the magazines as reportorial coverage for accompanying articles. He made no distinction in approach between these commissioned illustrations and the fine arts prints, etchings or pastels to which he restricted himself in his later years.

   Wright studied at the Spring Garden Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Westport Artists, The Salmagundi Club, the Dutch Treat Club and the Society of American Etchers. Wright served as president of the Society of Illustrators in 1926 and 1927.