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Joseph Wright by Joseph Wright

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'Joseph Wright Esq.r. From a Picture painted by himself in the possession of James Cade Esqr.'


'Engraved by Ja.s Ward Painter and Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales London. Published by Mess.rs Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur Street, Charing Cross. Feb.r 1 1807'. Mezzotint.


A fine example with the title in open capitals, as first issued on 1st February 1807.


Loose/unframed print. An excellent impression retaining small margins all round. Light creasing top right hand side and to the title band. 


sheet size:11 1/2 in x 15 5/8 in 


Joseph Wright, born in Derby in 1734 and thereby known as Wright of Derby, first exhibited in London at the Society of Artists when he was 31. On this first occasion he exhibited two works one of which was 'Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight'; the first in a series of 'candlelight' compositions. Two further 'candlelight' paintings; A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on the Orrery in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun' (1766), and 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' (1768), demonstrate Wright's friendship with the influential group known as the Lunar Society. Made up of philosophers, scientists and engineers, they were so named after their meeting monthly on the Monday closest to a full moon.



Item Code: 4341

£ 380

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