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J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

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The William D. Lawrence

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Registering at 2458 tons, William Dawson Lawrence’s great ship the “Wm. D. Lawrence was the largest ship ever built in the Maritimes. Launched on 27 October 1874, at Maitland, Nova Scotia, this three-masted square-rigger had two complete decks, with beams for a third. The vessel was made of the strongest material available and carried 8000 square yards of sail. Her figurehead, carved by J. S. Shaw, resembled a bearded man draped in a flowing cloak, bearing a scroll with the motto, “God Defend The Right”. In harbour, this massive ship “handled like a yacht” according to Lawrence. During her distinguished career, carrying everything from deals to guano, nothing was ever damaged. Larger than two clippers, and used primarily as a cargo carrier, she even attained a distance of 304 miles in 20 hours off the Cape of Good Hope, (one of the four most treacherous headlands in the world), and could achieve a speed of 14 knots. Not only was the “Wm. D. Lawrence” one of the most impressive vessels ever constructed in Canada, she was also financially successful throughout her long and illustrious career. The painting shows the “Wm. D. Lawrence” in heavy weather under reduced sail. The treatment of the sky and sea shows remarkable depth of feeling for the power and structure of the vast forces of nature. These are the conditions that will deep a captain standing by the weather rail throughout the night.

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About J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

A native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Wright is strongly influenced by his environment. With a style that captures a fleeting moment in time, “a characteristic feature of Wright’s work is the production of clear and accurate draughtsmanship. The coloring is natural and luminous and the depiction of his subjects in bright weather discloses as much as possible about the vessel and its details, both on board and in its surroundings”. (Poulson, The Northern Mariner, CNRS, Memorial University, January 1992, p. 101) Many of Mr. Wright’s paintings have been made into limited edition prints.

Evidence of his popularity is reflected by an increasing number of “sold out” prints. His editions have received medals of distinction. “Wright, one of the most sought after artists in Canada continues to become more popular with each painting and edition released.” (Canada Today, Canadian High Commission, London, June 1991, p.12) J. Franklin Wright, whose work has been shown extensively throughout Canada, has exhibited internationally at the Annual Mystic Invitational, Mystic, Conn.; the Jacob Javitz Centre, New York, New York; the Royal Society of Marine Artists London, England; the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London, England.

He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters in Florida. Wright is the only Canadian included in the influential marine volume, 20th Century British Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart. A book featuring the mastery of Wright’s work and titled The Marine Art of J. Franklin Wright features many of the historic vessels that have earned Franklin Wright international acclaim. Down to Earth Art are proud to be the exclusive dealer of originals and new prints for internationally renown marine artist J. Franklin Wright.

 

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