Joseph Wright of Derby Painting Reproductions Gallery 3 of 51734-1797
English Romantic 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.
111 Paintings of Wright of Derby
Edwin from Dr Beattie's Minstrel
Maria from Sterne
Virgil's Tomb with the Figure of Silius Italicus
Virgil's Tomb Sun Breaking through a Cloud
Romeo and Juliet, the Thomb Scene 'Noise again! ...
Lady Wilmot and her Child
The Lady in Milton's Comus
The Widow of Indian Chief Watching the Arms of ...
Penelope Unraveling Her Web by Lamp Light
The Corinthian Maid
Self Portrait at the Age of about Forty
A Cavern Morning
A Grotto by the Sea Side in the Kingdom of Naples ...
An Eruption of Vesuvius seen from Portici
Vesuvius in Eruption with a View over the Islands ...
Vesuvius in Eruption
The Annual Girandola at the Castle of St Angelo Rome
An Eruption of Mout Vesuvius with the Procession ...
The Girandola or Grand Fire Work at the Castle of ...
Rocks with Waterfall
A View of Catania with Mount Etna in the Distance
Sunset on the Coast near Naples
Dovedale by Moonlight