3 of 19 portraits by Joseph Wright
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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Joseph Wright
24 1/2 in. x 20 3/4 in. (622 mm x 527 mm)
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Although bland in execution and lacking a high degree of finish, NPG 4090 is evidently by Wright (the omission from Nicolson's 1968 catalogue apparently an oversight). Dated c.1782-85 by Egerton, according to the apparent age of the sitter, although it could be later, according to the cut of the coat and the shirt frills,  and the pose relates exactly to the ‘Yoxall’ self portrait painted for Wright’s friend Thomas Gisborne in 1793. The essential modesty of the portrait perhaps renders it unlikely that it was the ‘Portrait of an Artist’ exhibited by Wright in 1785 in Robins’s Rooms. 
A copy of one of these types was lent H. Fitzherbert Wright to the Wright exhibition at Derby 1934 (80).
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Physical descriptionback to top
Brown eyes, greying hair, wearing a green coat with a white neckcloth.
Provenanceback to top
[Probably the artist’s daughter Romana, who married James Cade]; bought from the Cade family by W. Wright Bemrose c.1900;1 his son, W. A. Bemrose, from whom purchased 1959.
1 Illus. from his collection, Connoisseur, LXXXVI, 1930, p 349.
Exhibitionsback to top
Midland Counties Exhibition, Derby, 1870 (798)1 lent Miss S. L. Cade; Joseph Wright, Derby, 1883 (44) lent Miss Cade; Graves' Galleries, London, 1910 (32) lent W. Wright Bemrose; Derby, Wright Bicentenary, 1934 (77) lent W. Wright Bemrose; Wright of Derby, London, Paris, New York, 1990 (149).
1 Identified in Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books, 17/56.
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.
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