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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'

Painter; studied under Hudson 1751-53 and 1756-57; in Italy 1773-75; exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1765-76 and 1791, Free Society of Artists, London, 1778 and 1783, RA 1778-94; elected ARA 1781, but did not accept his RA election in 1784;

‘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.