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Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'

Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Artist associated with 19 portraits
A portraitist and landscape painter, he took a keen interest in industrial and scientific developments, experimenting in lighting effects and candlelit subjects. Wright travelled to Italy with his family before attempting unsuccessfully to establish himself as a portraitist in Bath. Turning his back on the Royal Academy and fashionable London, he was undoubtedly the most talented painter of his generation working in the provinces.

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88

Erasmus Darwin

after Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, (1770)
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 88

4090

Joseph Wright

by Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1782-1785
NPG 4090

6848

Sir Richard Arkwright

by Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1783-1785
On display at Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
NPG 6848

136

Sir Richard Arkwright

studio of Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1790
NPG 136

D3089

William Hopley

by Robert Hancock, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, circa 1755-1788
NPG D3089

D37460

Richard Lovett

by Robert Hancock, published by William Richardson, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D37460

D35810

Miss Wright; Miss Wright

by P. or S. Paul (Samuel de Wilde?), after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D35810

D7409

John Ashton when a child

by William Pether, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D7409

D11477

Thomas Wilson

by John Keyse Sherwin, by Charles Sherwin, after Joseph Wright
line engraving, published 1782
NPG D11477

D34686

Erasmus Darwin

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1 May 1797
NPG D34686

D6879

Jedediah Strutt of Derby

by Henry Meyer, after Joseph Wright
stipple engraving, 1797 or after (circa 1790)
NPG D6879

D32725

Joseph Wright

by James Ward, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1807
NPG D32725

D4925

Joseph Wright

by James Ward, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1807
NPG D4925

D4926

Joseph Wright

by James Ward, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1807
NPG D4926

D5938

Thomas Seward

by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Joseph Wright
line engraving, published 1811
NPG D5938

D2256

Thomas Day

by Henry Meyer, after Joseph Wright
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D2256

D6880

Jedediah Strutt of Derby

by Henry Meyer, after Joseph Wright
stipple engraving, published 1833
NPG D6880

D5939

Thomas Seward

by Robert Hartley Cromek, after Joseph Wright
line engraving, published 1811
NPG D5939