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John Michael Wright

1617-1694 England/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-John (Joseph) Michael Wright was born in London in 1617. He was a disciple of George Jamesone in Edinburgh before going to Rome, where he excelled, and in 1648 the Florence Academy admitted him as a member along with the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. He worked as an antiquarian for Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Governor of the Netherlands, to acquire pieces from England, where on his return in 1656, he became second only to Peter Lely. He was, however, in the service of Charles II. James II later dispatched him to Rome as a steward with a diplomatic mission to Pope Innocent XI, of which he wrote an account in Italian and English. When back in England, Godfrey Kneller had eclipsed his position next to Lely and in his last years with William of Orange on the throne, he led a meagre existence. Today Wright is deemed the most prominent painter of royalties when foreign artists dominated the English courts.

 

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The Family of Sir
Robert Vyner

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner

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Neal O'Neill

Sir Neal O'Neill

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Charlotte

The Ladies Catherine and Charlotte Talbot

Robert Second
Baron Kingston

Robert Second Baron Kingston

Barbara
Palmer

Charles
The Second

Charles The Second in Garter Robes

Charles the
Second

Charles the Second of England

Elizabeth
Claypole

Elizabeth Claypole nee Cromwell

Henry Howard
Sixth Duke

Henry Howard Sixth Duke of Norfolk

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Mary Bagot

Lady Mary Bagot And Grand-Daughter

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a Theorbo

Lady with a Theorbo

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Salesbury

Mrs Salesbury

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Earl

Philip Seventh Earl of Pembroke

Portrait
of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady

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Robinson

Sir John Robinson

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L'Estrange

Sir Roger L'Estrange

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Bruce

Sir William Bruce

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Annesley

Arthur Annesley First Earl of Anglesey

James Duke
of Cambridge

James Duke of Cambridge

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James Cecil

Catherine and James Cecil

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Wilbraham

Grace Wilbraham

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Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes

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Murray

Lord Mungo Murray