Saturday, 7 June 2014

Joseph Wright of Derby - part 3

1765-68c Self-Portrait oil on canvas 69.8 x 58 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Joseph Wright (1734 – 1797) styled Joseph Wright of Derby. Was an English landscape and portrait painter. He has been acclaimed as “the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution”. Wright is noted for his use of Chiaroscuro effect, which emphasises the contrast of light and dark, and for his paintings of candle-lit subjects. His paintings of the birth of science out of alchemy, often based on meetings of the Lunar Society, a group of very influential scientists and industrialists living in the English Midlands, are a significant record of the struggle of science against religious values in the period known as the Age of Enlightenment.

This is part 3 of a 5 - part post on the works of Joseph Wright. For full biographical notes see part 1. For earlier works see parts 1 - 2 also.


1774-75c Smaller Italian Sketchbook. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:


Graphite, pen and ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Roman Ruins Including an Arched Aqueduct and Tower grey ink and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Roman Ruins with Arched Alcoves ink and grey wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Granary brush and ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Graphite, ink and grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Villas and a Church brush and ink and grey wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with a Curved Wall, Round Tower and Distant Villa pen and ink, brush and grey wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Roman Ruins pen and grey ink and wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Roman Ruins: Part of the Colosseum pen and grey ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Villa Surrounded by Trees graphite, brown wash, touches of pen and brown ink and blue wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with a Distant Buildings pen and ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Cedars and Buildings graphite, pen and ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Distant Buildings graphite, pen and ink, grey and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Distant Buildings graphite, brown and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Distant Buildings graphite, brown and yellow wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with a Two-Story Building on a Hill graphite, brown and grey wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Tile Roofed Building with an Arcade graphite, grey ink and wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with a Towered Building and Domed Church pen and grey ink. and wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Roman Arch with Road Below and Trees Above graphite, pen and brown ink 23.4 x 17.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Church with a Tiled Roof and Tower graphite, pen and brown ink and wash17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Trees and Distant Hills grey ink and wash 23.4 x 17.1 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Landscape with Domed Church graphite, pen and black ink, grey and brown wash 17.1 x 23.4 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Trees, Bushes and Vegetation black and grey ink and wash 23.4 x 17.1 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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1774-75 Studies of a Classical Bust oil on paper mounted on canvas 51 x 42.9 cm Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven CT

1774-75c Part of the Colosseum Seen in Sunlight pen and ink and wash on paper 38.1 x 51.7 cm
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby UK

1774-76 Richard Hurleston (attributed to) oil on canvas 67.3 x 56.5 cm
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven CT

1774-76c An Eruption of Vesuvius, Seen from Portici oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm University of Wales, Aberystwyth UK

1776-80c Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples oil on canvas 122 x 176.4 cm
Tate, London UK

1777-80c Vesuvius in Eruption 124.4 x 180.3 cm Private Collection

1778 exhibited An Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, with the Procession of St. Januarius's Head oil on canvas 162 x 213.4 cm Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia

1774-78 Firework Display at Castel Sant'Angelo oil on canvas 42.5 x 70.5 cm Birmingham Museums Trust  UK

exhibited 1776 The Annual Girandola, at the Castle of St. Angelo, Rome oil on canvas 137.5 c 173 cm Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool UK

1779 Firework Display at the Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome (La Girandola) oil on canvas 162.5 x 213 cm
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

1775 Study of Melancholy Girl pen and ink on paper 55 x 41.3 cm British Museum, London UK

1775c Study for "The Old Man Grieving over His Ass" from Sterne pen and ink on paper 55.4 x 34.9 cm
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

1775-77c "The Captive" from  Sterne oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby UK

1775c A View of Catania with Mount Etna in the Distance oil on canvas 66 x 88.6 cm Tate, London UK

1776 John Milnes oil on canvas 127 x 101 cm The Louvre, Paris

1776 Portrait of Jane Darwin and her son William Brown Darwin oil on canvas 75 x 62 cm

1777 "Maria" from Sterne oil on canvas 100.3 x 125.7 cm Private Collection

1777 Richard Cheslyn oil on canvas 127 x 101.6 cm Private Collection

1777-78 Minstrel. Edwin, from Dr Beattie's oil on canvas 160 x 116.8 cm Private Collection

1778 John Raphael Smith after Joseph Wright "Edwin (Thomas Haden)" mezzotint on ivory laid paper 47.7 x 35.2 cm (image) Art Institute of Chicago IL

1781 Maria, from Sterne, a Companion to the Picture of Edwin oil on canvas 160 x 115.6 cm
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby UK

1864 Francis Seymour Haden after Joseph Wright "Thomas Haden" etching and drypoint on paper 58 x 51 cm
Harvard Art Museums - Fogg Museum, Cambridge MA

1777-79c Thomas and Joseph Pickford as Children oil on canvas Private Collection

1777-80 Portrait of a Gentleman oil on canvas 75.5 x 63.2 cm Manchester City Galleries UK

1777-80c Matlock Tor by Moonlight oil on canvas 64.1 x 76.5 cm Detroit Institute of Arts MI

1778-80c Matlock Tor oil on canvas 73.1 x 100 cm Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK

1777-80c Rev. John Pickering oil on canvas 81 x 69.5 cm Private Collection

1779 Virgil's Tomb, with the Figure of Silius Italicus oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm Private Collection

1778 A Grotto by the Sea-Side in the Kingdom of Naples, with Banditti, a Sun-Set oil on canvas 122 x 172.7 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

exhibited 1780 A Grotto in the Gulf of Salernum, with the Figure of Julia, Banished from Rome oil on canvas
114.3 x 175.3 cm Private Collection

1780-90 Grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, Italy, Moonlight oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby UK

1780 Landscape oil on canvas 101.5 x 128.5 cm Civic Centre, Southampton, Hampshire UK

1780-82 A Lake by Moonlight oil on canvas 62.2 x 75.6 cm Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven CT

1780-85 Matlock Dale, looking toward Black Rock Escarpment oil on canvas 58.4 x 76.2 cm
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven CT

1780-85 Reverend Thomas Seward, MA oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm English Heritage, Down House, Kent UK

1780-85c Caernarvon Castle by Moonlight oil on canvas 54 x 64.4 cm Manchester City Art Galleries UK

1780c Elizabeth Crompton oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby UK


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