Patience Lovell Wright

Image from the Wikimedia Commons

Image from the Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor Patience Lovell Wright (1725-1786) of Bordentown transformed waxworking into fine art with the help of her equally artistic sister Rachel Lovell Wells.

The duo formed a waxwork show which they took on tour. Wright specialized in realistic life-size wax sculptures of living subjects.

Wright also made history after she submitted the first of three unsuccessful petitions to the New Jersey Legislature requesting repayment of money she lent the government for its war efforts. It is unknown whether she was successful in this final endeavor.




Journal Articles: 

Troop, Miriam. “TWO LADY ARTISTS LED THE WAY FOR SUCCESS AND FAME.” Smithsonian. 8, no. 11 (1978): 114–124.