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Portrait of Mavis

Date made: mid 20th century

Artist: Wright, Olga M.

Description: Portrait of Mavis by Olga Margaret Wright.

We do not know who ‘Mavis’ was and the painting is not dated. However, we can see that the sitter’s clothing and hairstyle reflects the fashion of the 1940s and 50s, suggesting the portrait dates from the mid-20th century.

The artist, Olga Margaret Wright, was born in 1915 in Liverpool. She and her family spent their holidays each year in the Isle of Man. In an Isle of Man Examiner article from July 1934, Wright was described as ‘an artist of considerable merit…particularly in so far as portraiture is concerned.’ The newspaper featured Wright as one of several artists showcasing their work at the Manx Museum in an exhibition.

Measurements: overall: 50 cm x 40 cm

Materials: oil on board

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-5817

Subject tags : #artgallerypeople


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