by Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, 1770
48 in. x 38 1/2 in. (1219 mm x 978 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Wright's painting was commissioned by Day's life-long friend, Richard Lovell Edgeworth who called Day 'the most virtuous human being he had ever known'. The composition is intended to portray Day as a man of feeling, with a meditative and melancholy air.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 137
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 169