Includes Wright's notes on a number of modern British artists, e.g. Muirhead Bone, D Y Cameron, Frank Benson, F L Griggs, and also a collection of materials forming the basis for Wright's major work on Alphonse Legros, painter, etcher and sculptor, and friend of Courbet, Whistler and Manet 1932-1977; miscellaneous correspondence relating to Harold Wright archive; catalogues written by Wright
Papers of Harold James Lean Wright, 1885-1961, art historian
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 247 MS Wright
- Dates of Creation1932-1977
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description3.4 metres
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Harold James Lean Wright was born in 1885 in London, England. He was educated at the City of London School and joined the firm of Obach & Co in 1903. This firm was merged with the Art dealers P & D Colnaghi Ltd, London, in 1911 and Wright continued to work for Colnaghi's becoming a director in 1939 and became a recognised expert on early and modern prints.
Wright was a natural scholar and published many works - a translation and expansion of Delteil's catalogue of the etchings of Meryon (1924), and catalogues of the work of F L Griggs in collaboration with Campbell Dodgson (1941) and Sir William Russell Flint (1949) and numerous articles on modern etchers such as Rushbury, Nixon and Briscoe in Print Collector's Quarterly. In 1930 he lectured at the Royal Academy of Arts on the etchers Rembrandt, Meryon and James Whistler and again in 1939 on three earlier engravers which were published in the Society's journal.
He was greatly respected both in academic and trade circles for his integrity and careful scholarship. In 1957 Wright received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in recognition of his contributions to the study of etching and engraving, and for his services to the University in advising on its art collections. He died in 1961.
Source: Obituary The Times 1 March 1961
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Transfer : History of Art : 1975-1990 : ACCNs 4545, 4546, 4590
Purchase : Arts Artis : 1989 : ACCN 4526, 4527
Other Finding Aids
Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuscripts/ searching by the call number MS Wright
Nigel Thorp, Whistler, MacColl, Wright: art history papers, 1850-1950, in Glasgow University Library (Glasgow, 1979) - an inventory of correspondents
There is an unpublished typescript catalogue of the Wright Papers containing abstracts of the correspondence
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 22 March 2002
No alterations made to date
Conditions Governing Use
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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures
Held by the family of Harold Wright and deposited with Glasgow University History of Art department c1962