© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Richard Arkwright
studio of Joseph Wright Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1790
29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. (750 mm x 630 mm)
- Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- Audio Guide
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 18
- Parris, Matthew, Heroes and Villains: Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery, 2003 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 September 2003 to 4 April 2004), p. 29
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 17
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