Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'
‘a very respectable character, rather inclined to melancholy, a perfect valetudinarian, who never long enjoyed a firm state of health’ (Edwards).
'In his person he was rather above the middle size, and, when young, was esteemed a very handsome man; his eyes were prominent and very expressive' (J. Leigh Philips, 1797).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.