Biography of John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694

In May 1617 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 was born.

Before 1652 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Anne Somerset Countess Norfolk 1631-1662.

Before 1652 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Anne Somerset Countess Norfolk 1631-1662.

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (39). Portrait of Thomas Povey Master of Requests 1614-1705 (43).

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Thomas Povey Master of Requests 1614-1705.

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (39). Portrait of Frances Cromwell 1544-1562.

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Frances Cromwell 1544-1562.

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (39). Portrait of Mary Cromwell Countess Fauconberg 1637-1713 (20).

Around 1657 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Cromwell Countess Fauconberg 1637-1713.

In 1658 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (40). Portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell 1629-1658 (28).

In 1658 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell 1629-1658.

Around 1658 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (40). Portrait of Frances Cromwell Baroness Russell 1638-1720 (20).

Around 1658 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Frances Cromwell Baroness Russell 1638-1720.

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (41). Portrait of Colonel John Russell 1620-1687 (39).

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Colonel John Russell 1620-1687.

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (41). Portrait of Catherine Bertie.

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Catherine Bertie.

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (41). Portrait of Colonel John Russell 1620-1687 (39).

In 1659 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Colonel John Russell 1620-1687.

After 1659. After John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Fairfax Duchess Buckingham 1638-1720.

After 1659. After John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Fairfax Duchess Buckingham 1638-1720.

John Evelyn's Diary 05 April 1659. 05 Apr 1659. Came the Earl of Northampton (36) and the famous painter, Mr. Wright (41), to visit me.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of Mary Villiers Duchess Lennox.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Villiers Duchess Lennox.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of Edward Onley.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Edward Onley.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of Mrs Edward Onley.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mrs Edward Onley.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of Margaret Onley 1642-1675 (18).

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Margaret Onley 1642-1675.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702 (25).

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of William Cavendish 1st Duke Devonshire 1640-1707 (19).

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of William Cavendish 1st Duke Devonshire 1640-1707.

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of Margaret Onley 1642-1675 (18).

Around 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Margaret Onley 1642-1675.

In 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (42). Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702 (25).

In 1660 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702.

Around 1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (43). Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (30) in his coronation robes.

Around 1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes.

1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (43). Portrait of Frederick Cornwallis 1st Baron Cornwallis 1611-1662 (49).

1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Frederick Cornwallis 1st Baron Cornwallis 1611-1662.

Around 1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (43). Portrait of William Cunningham 8th Earl Glencairn 1575-1630 (86).

Around 1661 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of William Cunningham 8th Earl Glencairn 1575-1630.

Before 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Brian Duppa Bishop 1589-1662.

Before 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Brian Duppa Bishop 1589-1662.

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (44). Portrait of Susannah Hamilton Countess Cassilis 1633-1694 (29).

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Susannah Hamilton Countess Cassilis 1633-1694.

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (44). Portrait of Charles Cornwallis 2nd Baron Cornwallis 1632-1673 (30).

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Charles Cornwallis 2nd Baron Cornwallis 1632-1673.

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (44). Portrait of John Robinson Lord Mayor of London 1st Baronet 1615-1680 (46).

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Robinson Lord Mayor of London 1st Baronet 1615-1680.

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (44). Portrait of Margaret Spencer Baroness Arundel Wardour 1627-1704 (34).

Around 1662 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Margaret Spencer Baroness Arundel Wardour 1627-1704.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 18 June 1662. 18 Jun 1662. Up early; and after reading a little in Cicero, I made me ready and to my office, where all the morning very busy.
At noon Mr. Creed came to me about business, and he and I walked as far as Lincoln's Inn Fields together. After a turn or two in the walks we parted, and I to my Lord Crew's and dined with him; where I hear the courage of Sir H. Vane (49) at his death is talked on every where as a miracle.
Thence to Somerset House to Sir J. Winter's chamber by appointment, and met Mr. Pett (51), where he and I read over his last contract with the King (32) for the Forest of Dean, whereof I took notes because of this new one that he is now in making.
That done he and I walked to Lilly's (43), the painter's, where we saw among other rare things, the Duchess of York (25), her whole body, sitting instate in a chair, in white sattin, and another of the King (32), that is not finished; most rare things. I did give the fellow something that showed them us, and promised to come some other time, and he would show me Baroness Castlemaine's (21), which I could not then see, it being locked up!
Thence to Wright's (45), the painter's: but, Lord! the difference that is between their two works.
Thence to the Temple, and there spoke with my cozen Roger (45), who gives me little hopes in the business between my Uncle Tom and us. So Mr. Pett (51) (who staid at his son's chamber) and I by coach to the old Exchange, and there parted, and I home and at the office till night. My windows at my office are made clean to-day and a casement in my closet.
So home, and after some merry discourse in the kitchen with my wife and maids as I now-a-days often do, I being well pleased with both my maids, to bed.

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John Evelyn's Diary 03 October 1662. 03 Oct 1662. I was invited to the Royal College of Physicians, where Dr. Meret, a learned man and library-keeper, showed me the library, theater for anatomy, and divers natural curiosities; the statue and epigram under it of that renowned physician, Dr. Harvey (84), discoverer of the circulation of the blood. There I saw Dr. Gilbert, Sir William Paddy's and other pictures of men famous in their faculty.
Visited Mr. Wright (45), a Scotchman, who had lived long at Rome, and was esteemed a good painter. The pictures of the Judges at Guildhall are of his hand, and so are some pieces in Whitehall, as the roof in his Majesty's (32) old bedchamber, being Astræa, the St. Catherine, and a chimney-piece in the Queen's (23) privy chamber; but his best, in my opinion, is Lacy, the famous Roscius or comedian, whom he has painted in three dresses, as a gallant, a Presbyterian minister, and a Scotch highlander in his plaid. It is in his Majesty's (32) dining room at Windsor Castle. He had at his house an excellent collection, especially that small piece of Correggio, Scotus of de la Marca, a design of Paulo; and, above all, those ruins of Polydore, with some good agates and medals, especially a Scipio, and a Cæsar's head of gold.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 May 1664. 06 May 1664. Went to see Mr. Wright (47) the painter's collection of rare shells, etc.

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (47). Portrait of John Dryden Poet 1631-1700 (33).

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Dryden Poet 1631-1700.

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (47). Portrait of Joanna Granville 1635-1709 (29).

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Joanna Granville 1635-1709.

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (47). Portrait of Johanna St John Baroness St John Lydiard Tregoze 1631-1705 (33).

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Johanna St John Baroness St John Lydiard Tregoze 1631-1705.

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (47). Portrait of Murdough Obrien 1st Earl Inchiquin 1614-1674 (51).

Around 1665 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Murdough Obrien 1st Earl Inchiquin 1614-1674.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 09 April 1667. 09 Apr 1667. Up. and to the office a while, none of my fellow officers coming to sit, it being holiday, and so towards noon I to the Exchange, and there do hear mighty cries for peace, and that otherwise we shall be undone; and yet I do suspect the badness of the peace we shall make. Several do complain of abundance of land flung up by tenants out of their hands for want of ability to pay their rents; and by name, that the Duke of Buckingham (39) hath £6000 so flung up. And my father writes, that Jasper Trice, upon this pretence of his tenants' dealing with him, is broke up housekeeping, and gone to board with his brother, Naylor, at Offord; which is very sad.
So home to dinner, and after dinner I took coach and to the King's house, and by and by comes after me my wife with W. Hewer (25) and his mother and Barker, and there we saw "The Tameing of a Shrew", which hath some very good pieces in it, but generally is but a mean play; and the best part, "Sawny",1 done by Lacy (52), hath not half its life, by reason of the words, I suppose, not being understood, at least by me.
After the play was done, as I come so I went away alone, and had a mind to have taken out Knipp to have taken the ayre with her, and to that end sent a porter in to her that she should take a coach and come to me to the Piatza in Covent_Garden, where I waited for her, but was doubtful I might have done ill in doing it if we should be visti ensemble, sed elle was gone out, and so I was eased of my care, and therefore away to Westminster to the Swan, and there did baiser la little missa.... and drank, and then by water to the Old Swan, and there found Betty Michell sitting at the door, it being darkish. I staid and talked a little with her, but no once baiser la, though she was to my thinking at this time une de plus pretty mohers that ever I did voir in my vida, and God forgive me my mind did run sobre elle all the vespre and night and la day suivante.
So home and to the office a little, and then to Sir W. Batten's (66), where he tells me how he hath found his lady's jewels again, which have been so long lost, and a servant imprisoned and arraigned, and they were in her closet under a china cup, where he hath servants will swear they did look in searching the house; but Mrs. Turner (44) and I, and others, do believe that they were only disposed of by my Lady, in case she had died, to some friends of hers, and now laid there again.
So home to supper, and to read the book I bought yesterday of the Turkish policy, which is a good book, well writ, and so owned by Dr. Clerke yesterday to me, commending it mightily to me for my reading as the only book of the subject that ever was writ, yet so designedly.
So to bed.
Note 1. This play was entitled "Sawney the Scot, or the Taming of a Shrew", and consisted of an alteration of Shakespeare's play by John Lacy (52). Although it had long been popular it was not printed until 1698. In the old "Taming of a Shrew" (1594), reprinted by Thomas Amyot for the Shakespeare Society in 1844, the hero's servant is named Sander, and this seems to have given the hint to Lacy (52), when altering Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", to foist a 'Scotsman into the action. Sawney was one of Lacy's (52) favourite characters, and occupies a prominent position in Michael Wright's (49) picture at Hampton Court. Evelyn, on October 3rd, 1662, "visited Mr. Wright, a Scotsman, who had liv'd long at Rome, and was esteem'd a good painter", and he singles out as his best picture, "Lacy (52), the famous Roscius, or comedian, whom he has painted in three dresses, as a gallant, a Presbyterian minister, and a Scotch Highlander in his plaid". Langbaine and Aubrey both make the mistake of ascribing the third figure to Teague in "The Committee"; and in spite of Evelyn's clear statement, his editor in a note follows them in their blunder. Planche has reproduced the picture in his "History of Costume" (Vol. ii., p. 243).

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Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (51). Portrait of Magdalene Pulteney -1635.

Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Magdalene Pulteney -1635.

Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (51). Portrait of John Belasyse 1st Baron Belasyse 1614-1689 (54).

Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Belasyse 1st Baron Belasyse 1614-1689.

Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (51). Portrait of Henry Howard 6th Duke Norfolk 1628-1684 (40).

Around 1669 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Henry Howard 6th Duke Norfolk 1628-1684.

Around 1670 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (52). Portrait of Anne Bruce 1660-1717 (10).

Around 1670 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Anne Bruce 1660-1717.

Around 1670 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (52). Portrait of Mary Bagot Countess Falmouth and Dorset 1645-1679 (25).

Around 1670 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Bagot Countess Falmouth and Dorset 1645-1679.

Around 1671 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (53). Portrait of Robert Shirley 1st Earl Ferrers 1650-1717 (20).

Around 1671 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Robert Shirley 1st Earl Ferrers 1650-1717.

Around 1671 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (53). Portrait of Thomas Myddleton 2nd Baronet Myddleton 1651-1684 (20).

Around 1671 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Thomas Myddleton 2nd Baronet Myddleton 1651-1684.

Around 1672 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (54). Portrait of Prince Rupert Palatinate Simmern 1st Duke Cumberland 1619-1682 (52).

Around 1672 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Prince Rupert Palatinate Simmern 1st Duke Cumberland 1619-1682.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 July 1673. 31 Jul 1673. I went to see the pictures of all the judges and eminent men of the Long Robe, newly painted by Mr. Wright (56), and set up in Guildhall, costing the city £1,000. Most of them are very like the persons they represent, though I never took Wright to be any considerable artist.

Around 1674 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (56). Portrait of Elizabeth Somerset Marchioness Powis 1635-1691 (39).

Around 1674 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Elizabeth Somerset Marchioness Powis 1635-1691.

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (57). Portrait of Grace Wilbraham Countess Dysart 1661-1740 (13).

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Grace Wilbraham Countess Dysart 1661-1740.

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (57). Portrait of George "Hanging Judge" Jeffreys 1st Baron Jeffreys 1645-1689 (29).

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George "Hanging Judge" Jeffreys 1st Baron Jeffreys 1645-1689.

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (57). Portrait of Mrs Salesbury with her Grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot

Around 1675 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mrs Salesbury with her Grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (58). Portrait of Francisca Postuma Leigh 1640- (36).

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Francisca Postuma Leigh 1640-.

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (58). Portrait of John Crewe of Utkinton 1641-1711 (34).

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Crewe of Utkinton 1641-1711.

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (58). Portrait of Arthur Annesley 1st Earl Anglesey 1614-1686 (61).

In 1676 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Arthur Annesley 1st Earl Anglesey 1614-1686.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Wilbraham Countess Bradford 1661-1737 at Weston Park Weston.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Mary Wilbraham Countess Bradford 1661-1737 at Weston Park Weston.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Talbot 1610-1633. Possibly posthumous since George Talbot died in 1633, and the painting has an inscription "Killed in Battle".

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Talbot 1610-1633. Possibly posthumous since George Talbot died in 1633, and the painting has an inscription "Killed in Battle".

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of James II King England Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 when Duke of York.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of James II King England Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 when Duke of York.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of George Vernon 1635-1702.

Before 1694. Circle of John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Margaret Hay Countess Cassilis -1695.

Before 1694. Circle of John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Margaret Hay Countess Cassilis -1695.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Barbara Villiers 1st Duchess of Cleveland 1640-1709.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Barbara Villiers 1st Duchess of Cleveland 1640-1709.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Elizabeth Washington Baroness Ferrers Chartley -1693 as Minerva.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Elizabeth Washington Baroness Ferrers Chartley -1693 as Minerva.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Henry Howard 6th Duke Norfolk 1628-1684.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Henry Howard 6th Duke Norfolk 1628-1684.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Kennedy 7th Earl Cassilis 1653-1701.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of John Kennedy 7th Earl Cassilis 1653-1701.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Robert Vyner Banker 1st Baronet 1631-1688 and Mary Whitchurch Lady Vyner -1674 and their children.

Before 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694. Portrait of Robert Vyner Banker 1st Baronet 1631-1688 and Mary Whitchurch Lady Vyner -1674 and their children.

In Jul 1694 John Michael Wright Painter 1617-1694 (77) died.