- Also known as
H J L Wright
primary name: Wright, Harold
other name: Wright, Harold James Lean
- individual; collector; dealer/auction house; British; Male
- Life dates
- Print dealer, author of numerous catalogues, and director of Colnaghi. Joined Obach & Co in 1903, and moved with it to Colnaghi when the two firms mergde in 1911. His widow Isobel Holmes, founded the Harold Wright scholarship in his memory, and the Sarah & William Holmes scholarship (in memory of her parents). She also, in accordance with his wishes, offered to the BM his collection of Lionel Lindsay, William Palmer Robins, Henry Stuart Brown and others (the rest of his collection was sold at Sotheby's in jan/Feb 1962 for £18,000). The BM only kept a few works, and the remainder was given to the National Art Gallery of New Zealand (now the Museum of NZ) and the Baillieu Library of the University of Melbourne. Wright's papers are in the University library in Glasgow (see 'Print Quarterly' in 1990s), and more is in the Ashmolean; his correspondence with Lionel Lindsay in the Mitchell Library (see David Maskill in 'Journal of NZ Art History', 2003, pp.81-90).
- David Maskill, 'Imperial lines, HW printmaking and collecting at the end of Empire', in Melbourne Art Journal 11/12 2009, pp.86-103.
N. Stogdon, 'A descriptive catalogue of the etchings by Rembrandt in a private collection, Switzerland', s.l., 2011, p.377
David Maskill, PQ 2018, pp.270-79, 'Impressions of a print dealer, HW and the etching boom'