His illustrations epitomize female glamour in the 1940s and 50s. The twist is he's British--almost none of this has been collected before in the U.S. Being British means nudity was never an issue, even on the covers of paperbacks (shown) and inside magazines! A beautiful and elegant collection of his original and previously unpublished paintings, abundant nudes and boudoir settings featuring daring, sleek, and sexy young ladies.
David Wright was one of the leading pin-up artists of the 20th Century. Unlike his American contemporaries Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren, the British-born Wright brought a sense of realism to his willowy beauties, who appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, especially during WW2.
Now, finally, access has been granted to his archive, and this is the first-ever collection of his work. A previous article appeared in 2013 in Illustrators Quarterly#2.
Before the IQ article, his name was unknown to us. But in England he was a major pin-up illustrator, doing paperback and book covers, magazines, and even his own portfolio in 1946. His covers appeared on the British magazine Modern Weekly in the 1930s; nudes and lingerie poses for The Daily Sketch and covers for Hearst's esteemed American Weekly in the 1940s, and then a long, long run on "Carol Day," a beloved British daily comic strip.
Terry Parker is the author of Golden Hours -- The Paintings of Arthur J. Elsley 1860-1952. He has dealt in pictures and prints for over 20 years, and writes catalogue notes for major auction houses and galleries in Britain and America, including Sothebys, Christies, and Bonhams.