Dare Wright’s mother, Edith Stevenson Wright (Edie), was one of the 20th century’s most accomplished American portrait artists. Working from her studio in Cleveland, Ohio, Edie painted many portraits of the area’s prominent businessmen, jurists, politicians and their families. Edie was also commissioned to paint President Calvin Coolidge at The White House and later, Britain’s Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill as well as the actress, Greta Garbo.
Edie’s portraits of her daughter, Dare, span six decades of a mother’s love and admiration. Among these are the 1958 companion portraits of Dare and Donald Seawell depicted in traditional Scottish attire. These large paintings were of the same height and identically framed as they were intended to be hung side-by-side. That was not to be, though both pieces now rest in our collection.