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David Wright's Classic Erotica

Erotica // Monday, 11 Mar 2013
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David Wright began his artistic career as an fashion illustrator in women’s weeklies before landing a commission with The Sketch magazine in 1941 to produce a series of pin-ups known as “Lovelies”. He produced more than 160 illustrations for the magazine depicting slim, elegant, alluring women in various states of undress, many of whom were based on his wife, Esme. The “Lovelies” were an enormous hit during the war and soon adorned every officer’s mess, bunker and dormitory across the country, with Wright receiving countless letters from appreciative soldiers. His career as a driving instructor for the Army in Wales during this period enabled him to continue painting and producing the morale-boosting “Lovelies”. When his Sketch contract ended he continued to paint .pin-ups for the likes of Men Only, Playboy and Esquire and a collaboration with Kenneth Inns on the “Carol Day” strip cartoon was a popular feature of the Daily Mail during the 1950s and 60s