David Wright, for A Shade Wilder
In London, in 1912, one of the world's most celebrated pin-up artists, David Wright, was born. At the age of thirteen, Wright was forced to find a job following his father's death, but in 1930, he joined his uncle's studio working as a fashion illustrator for women's magazines. In 1936 Wright married Esme Little, who became the muse and inspiration for his risqué representations of women throughout his noteworthy career.
At the start of World War II, Wright was commissioned to draw a series of glamourous pin-up girls, known as “Lovelies”. These titillating, full colour images for “The Sketch”, an illustrated newspaper supplement aimed at the aristocracy, were extremely popular. In later years, it became public knowledge that Wright's series of saucy, scantily clad ladies - created in his uniquely British style - “adorned practically every military mess, bunker, dormitory or club room in the country”.
After producing more than 160 illustrations, for The Sketch, Wright went on to work for magazines such as Men Only, Playboy and Esquire. The Daily Mail was also used as a widespread platform for Wright's work, from 1956. He started the "Carol Day" cartoon strip, which he continued to work on until his death in 1967.