Portrait of Joseph Wright of Derby

Joseph Wright of Derby Painting Reproductions 4 of 6

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

Cottage on Fire, c.1787 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Cottage on Fire c.1787

Oil Painting
$1533
Canvas Print
$58.61
SKU: WOD-4352
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 58 x 76.2 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Matlock Tor by Daylight, c.1778/80 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Matlock Tor by Daylight c.1778/80

Oil Painting
$1805
Canvas Print
$55.85
SKU: WOD-4353
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 73 x 100 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Lake Albano, c.1790/92 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Lake Albano c.1790/92

Oil Painting
$1154
Canvas Print
$50.05
SKU: WOD-4354
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 36.2 x 54.6 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Lake Nemi, c.1790/92 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Lake Nemi c.1790/92

Oil Painting
$915
Canvas Print
$50.05
SKU: WOD-4355
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 36.2 x 54.6 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Lake Nemi at Sunset, c.1790 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Lake Nemi at Sunset c.1790

Oil Painting
$1743
SKU: WOD-4356
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Landscape with Dale Abbey and Church Rocks, c.1785 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Dale Abbey and Church Rocks c.1785

Oil Painting
$1631
SKU: WOD-4357
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Galleries and Museums, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Italian Landscape, 1790 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Italian Landscape 1790

Oil Painting
$1721
Canvas Print
$60.40
SKU: WOD-4358
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 103.5 x 130.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

View in Dovedale, 1786 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

View in Dovedale 1786

Oil Painting
$1213
SKU: WOD-4359
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Convent of San Cosimato and part of the Claudian Aqueduct near Vicovaro in the Roman Campagna, c.1788/98 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

The Convent of San Cosimato and part of the ... c.1788/98

Oil Painting
$1419
SKU: WOD-4360
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 45.7 x 63.5 cm
Private Collection

Landscape with Figures and a Tilted Cart, Matlock High Tor in the Distance, c.1790 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Figures and a Tilted Cart, Matlock ... c.1790

Oil Painting
$1655
SKU: WOD-4361
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
City Art Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom

View in Matlock Dale looking South to Black Rock Escarpment, c.1780/85 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

View in Matlock Dale looking South to Black Rock ... c.1780/85

Oil Painting
$1442
Canvas Print
$57.78
SKU: WOD-4362
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 58.4 x 76.2 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Landscape with a Rainbow, 1794 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with a Rainbow 1794

Oil Painting
$1853
Canvas Print
$57.23
SKU: WOD-4363
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, c.1789/90 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright c.1789/90

Oil Painting
$2123
SKU: WOD-4364
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Samuel Oldknow, c.1790/92 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Samuel Oldknow c.1790/92

Oil Painting
$2085
SKU: WOD-4365
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
City Art Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom

Portrait of Francis Hurt, c.1780 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Francis Hurt c.1780

Oil Painting
$1889
Canvas Print
$60.26
SKU: WOD-4366
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Mrs Francis Hurt, c.1780 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Francis Hurt c.1780

Oil Painting
$2042
SKU: WOD-4367
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Jedediah Strutt, c.1790 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Jedediah Strutt c.1790

Oil Painting
$1829
Canvas Print
$59.44
SKU: WOD-4368
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: 125 x 99 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

Portrait of Samuel Crompton, c.1780 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Samuel Crompton c.1780

Oil Painting
$1574
SKU: WOD-4369
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Mrs Samuel Crompton, c.1780 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs Samuel Crompton c.1780

Oil Painting
$1631
SKU: WOD-4370
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Charles Hurt of Wirksworth, c.1789/90 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Charles Hurt of Wirksworth c.1789/90

Oil Painting
$2211
SKU: WOD-4371
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Susannah Hurt with her daughter Mary Anne, c.1789/90 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Susannah Hurt with her daughter Mary Anne c.1789/90

Oil Painting
$2738
SKU: WOD-4372
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Richard Cheslyn, c.1777 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Richard Cheslyn c.1777

Oil Painting
$2018
SKU: WOD-4373
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Christopher Heath, c.1781 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Christopher Heath c.1781

Oil Painting
$2141
SKU: WOD-4374
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Rydal Waterfall, 1795 by Wright of Derby | Painting Reproduction

Rydal Waterfall 1795

Oil Painting
$1598
SKU: WOD-4375
Joseph Wright of Derby
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

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