Thomas Day

1 portrait

Thomas Day, by Joseph Wright, 1770 - NPG 2490 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Day

by Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, 1770
48 in. x 38 1/2 in. (1219 mm x 978 mm)
Purchased, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2490


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  • Thomas Day (1748-1789), Author of 'Sandford and Merton'. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.

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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.

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