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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