Edward Wright (artist)

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Edward Wright (16 July 1912 – 16 October 1988) was a painter, typographer and graphic designer.[1]

In the early 1950s he was a member of the Independent Group,[2] and taught at the Central School of Art with Anthony Froshaug, Nigel Henderson and Eduardo Paolozzi.[3] He designed the catalogue for the exhibition This Is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956.[4]

Wright later taught at the London College of Printing, Cambridge University School of Architecture and the Royal College of Art. His architectural lettering work included the foundation stone for Churchill College, Cambridge (1961), and the Flaxman lettering and numbering system for New Scotland Yard’s rotating sign (1968),[5] Wright's original concept for which was that its '‘revolving triangular shape and reflective steel lettering was symbolic of the Met’s constant vigilance in guarding our safety.'[6]

in 1963, Wright was a signatory of Ken Garland's First Things First manifesto.


  1. ^ Joanna Drew, ‘Preface’, Edward Wright Graphic Work and Painting, (London: Arts Council, 1985)
  2. ^ "The Independent Group". The Independent Group. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ Edward Wright, ‘The Elm Tree’, Edward Wright Graphic Work and Painting, (London: Arts Council, 1985)
  4. ^ Theo Crosby, ‘The Painter as Designer’, Edward Wright Graphic Work and Painting, (London: Arts Council, 1985)
  5. ^ Robin Kinross, 'Letters in the city: Eye reassesses the legacy of Edward Wright: designer, teacher, artist and “culture-carrier”', Eye (magazine), Autumn 1993, http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/letters-in-the-city
  6. ^ 'New Scotland Yard's iconic revolving sign has moved', http://content.met.police.uk/News/New-Scotland-Yards-iconic-revolving-sign-has-moved/1400009560249/1257246741786

See also[edit]

Paul Stiff and Petra Cerne Oven, 'Edward Wright – unrecognised pioneer of British graphic design', Baseline 52, edited by Hans Dieter Reichert, Bradbourne Publishing, 2007

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