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John Massey Wright RWS (1777-1866) - Watercolour, Stage Character - The Villain

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A very fine early/mid 19th century figurative watercolour study by the highly collectable watercolourist John Masse Wright. The present watercolour is an exceptional examples of Massey's character studies, in which he specialised. Similar studies which have been offered at auction include characters from 'Taming of the Shrew' and 'Rome and Juliet'. The present study features the play's villain, dressed in a fine costume of an Italian swordsman, standing before a city's sea wall. The sheet has been shaped and laid to backing paper, measuring 27 x 21 cm. Signed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration as shown. A corner coming loose from the backing paper. Overall the appearance is very good.


13.4 x 8.5cm (5.3" x 3.3")
Sheet: 26.5 x 20.7cm (10.4" x 8.1")

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Artist Biography

John Massey Wright was born in Pentonville, London, 1777 to an organ builder. For some time Wright pursued in the footsteps of his father and showed remarkable musical talent. However, he was often found drawings rather than playing and his career turned to art.

For a time Wright apprenticed with Henry Aston Barker, painting the battle scenes in Barker's panorama in the Strand. However, his real talent lay in his small studies illustrating the poems of William Shakespeare, Oliver Goldsmith and others.

Wright exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1812-1818 and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1825.

More Information
Code pj328
Artist John Massey Wright RWS (1777-1866)
Date 19th Century
Dimensions 13.4 x 8.5cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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