Portrait of Joseph Wright of Derby

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1734-1797

English Romanticism Painter

Joseph Wright (September 3, 1734 - August 29, 1797), styled Wright of Derby, was an English landscape and portrait painter.
He was born in Derby, the son of an attorney, who was afterwards town-clerk. Deciding to become a painter, he went to London in 1751 and for two years studied under Thomas Hudson, the master of Joshua Reynolds. After painting portraits for a while at Derby, he again placed himself for fifteen months under his former master. He then settled in Derby, and varied his work in portraiture by the production of the subjects seen under artificial light with which his name is chiefly associated, and by landscape painting.
He married in 1773, and in the end of that year he visited Italy, where he remained till 1775. While at Naples he witnessed an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which formed the subject of many of his subsequent pictures. On his return from Italy he established himself at Bath as a portrait-painter; but meeting with little encouragement he returned to Derby, where he spent the rest of his life.
He was a frequent contributor to the exhibitions of the Society of Artists, and to those of the Royal Academy, of which he was elected an associate in 1781 and a full member in 1784. He, however, declined the latter honour on account of a slight which he believed that he had received, and severed his official connection with the Academy, though he continued to contribute to the exhibitions from 1783 till 1794.
Wright's portraits are frequently defective in drawing, and without quality or variety of handling, while their flesh tints are often hard. He is seen at his best in his subjects of artificial light, of which the Orrery (1766), the property of the Corporation of Derby (now Derby City Council), and An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768), in the National Gallery, are excellent examples. His Old Man and Death (1774) is also a striking and individual production. An exhibition of Wright's works was brought together at Derby in 1883, and twelve of his pictures were shown in the winter exhibition of the Royal Academy in 1886.

125 Wright of Derby Paintings

Portrait of John Milnes, 1776 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of John Milnes 1776

Oil Painting
$2371
Canvas Print
$59.60
SKU: WOD-4286
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 127 x 101 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Portrait of Mrs Andrew Lindington, c.1761/62 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Andrew Lindington c.1761/62

Oil Painting
$1730
Canvas Print
$61.22
SKU: WOD-4287
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 76.2 x 62.8 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Portrait of Mr and Mrs Coltman, 1771 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mr and Mrs Coltman 1771

Oil Painting
$2544
Canvas Print
$59.20
SKU: WOD-4288
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 127 x 101.6 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Mrs Catherine Swindell, c.1769/71 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Catherine Swindell c.1769/71

Oil Painting
$1278
SKU: WOD-4289
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, United Kingdom

Portrait of Captain Robert Shore Milnes, 1772 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Captain Robert Shore Milnes 1772

Oil Painting
$2455
SKU: WOD-4290
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of John Whetham of Kirklington, c.1781/82 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of John Whetham of Kirklington c.1781/82

Oil Painting
$2001
SKU: WOD-4291
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Cornet Sir George Cooke, c.1766/68 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Cornet Sir George Cooke c.1766/68

Oil Painting
$1599
SKU: WOD-4292
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

Portrait of a Lady with her Lacework, c.1770 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Lady with her Lacework c.1770

Oil Painting
$2186
Canvas Print
$58.80
SKU: WOD-4293
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 126.7 x 101.6 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Portrait of Robert Vernon Atherton Gwillym, 1766 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Robert Vernon Atherton Gwillym 1766

Oil Painting
$2044
Canvas Print
$59.74
SKU: WOD-4294
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 127 x 101.4 cm
Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA

Portrait of Mrs Robert Gwillym, 1766 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Robert Gwillym 1766

Oil Painting
$2231
Canvas Print
$59.60
SKU: WOD-4295
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 126.4 x 101 cm
Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA

Portrait of Fleetwood Hesketh, 1769 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Fleetwood Hesketh 1769

Oil Painting
$2249
Canvas Print
$59.47
SKU: WOD-4296
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 127 x 102 cm
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Old Man and Death, 1774 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Old Man and Death 1774

Oil Painting
$2832
Canvas Print
$49.05
SKU: WOD-4297
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 101.6 x 127.2 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA

The Alchymist in Search of the Philosopher's Stone, 1771 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Alchymist in Search of the Philosopher's Stone 1771

Oil Painting
$2811
Canvas Print
$57.31
SKU: WOD-4298
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 127 x 106 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

Portrait of Perez Burdett and his First Wife Hannah, 1765 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Perez Burdett and his First Wife Hannah 1765

Oil Painting
$3495
Canvas Print
$53.38
SKU: WOD-4299
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 145 x 205 cm
National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

A Philosopher by Lamp Light, 1769 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

A Philosopher by Lamp Light 1769

Oil Painting
$2649
Canvas Print
$58.80
SKU: WOD-4300
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 128.2 x 103 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

Miravan Breaking Open the Tomb of his Ancestors, 1772 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Miravan Breaking Open the Tomb of his Ancestors 1772

Oil Painting
$2748
SKU: WOD-4301
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

A Blacksmith's Shop, 1771 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

A Blacksmith's Shop 1771

Oil Painting
$3842
Canvas Print
$58.25
SKU: WOD-4302
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 128.3 x 104.1 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

A Blacksmith's Shop, 1771 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

A Blacksmith's Shop 1771

Oil Painting
$3864
Canvas Print
$59.20
SKU: WOD-4303
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

An Iron Forge, 1772 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

An Iron Forge 1772

Oil Painting
$3700
Canvas Print
$68.25
SKU: WOD-4304
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 121.3 x 132 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, 1773 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Iron Forge Viewed from Without 1773

Oil Painting
$3639
Canvas Print
$54.87
SKU: WOD-4305
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 105 x 140 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Earthstopper on the Banks of the Derwent, 1773 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Earthstopper on the Banks of the Derwent 1773

Oil Painting
$1830
SKU: WOD-4306
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

Maria from Sterne, 1777 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Maria from Sterne 1777

Oil Painting
$1894
SKU: WOD-4307
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Captive from Sterne, 1774 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Captive from Sterne 1774

Oil Painting
$1521
SKU: WOD-4326
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada

John Staveley's Head for the Captive from Sterne, c.1775/77 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

John Staveley's Head for the Captive from Sterne c.1775/77

Oil Painting
$1163
SKU: WOD-4327
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

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