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Charles Cushing Wright

 (1796 - 1854)
Charles Cushing Wright was active/lived in New York, South Carolina, Maine.  Charles Wright is known for engraving, medallion portraits.

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Charles Cushing Wright

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A founder of the National Academy of Design* and recognized as the first American medalist*, Charles Cushing Wright was also distinguished for being "both the designer and die cutter of his medals" (Dearinger, 303).  According to historicalmedals.com, he was "probably the finest die engraver the country has produced." He engraved the three medals struck at the United States mint by the American Art Union honoring prominent artists.

He is responsible for medals depicting a number of eminent American political and military figures and important historic events, the most noteworthy of which is his portrait of George Washington, after the French sculptor and portraitist Jean Antoine Houdon (1741-1828). The reverse of this medal illu  ...  Displaying 750 of 3060 characters.



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About  Charles Cushing Wright

Born:  1796 - Damariscotta, Maine
Died:   1854 - New York City
Known for:  engraving, medallion portraits