Joseph Wright

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Wright, Joseph


(also known as Joseph Wright of Derby). Born Sept. 3, 1734, in Derby; died there Aug. 29, 1797. English preromantic painter.

Wright studied in London in the 1750’s and traveled in Italy from 1773 to 1775. He worked primarily in Derby. Wright was a pioneer in the artistic treatment of themes dealing with the industrial revolution. He often depicted scientific experiments and people at work. Under the influence of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio, Wright created dramatic effects of illumination at night. His works include The Air Pump (1768, Tate Gallery, London) and The Blacksmith (1773, Hermitage, Leningrad).


Nicolson, B. Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light, vols. 1–2. [New York] 1968.
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The display will include works by many artists who found inspiration in the British landscape including Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Wright, Richard Wilson, Augustus John, John Constable, JMW Turner, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet and Oskar Kokoschka.
Taking part in the production will be Ruben Copley, 11, and Andrew Davison, 17, from Northumberland; Joe Derbyshire, 13, Finlay Murray, 10, Louis Swanepoel, 12, and Sam Carruthers, 13, from Newcastle; Amonik Melaco, 13, from Monkseaton; Robin Larkin, 17, from Gateshead; Jack Hindmarch, 13, from Washington; Nathan Denton, 13, from South Shields; John Hansford, 19, from Peterlee, Joseph Wright, 20, from Sunderland; Carl Hughe, 15, from Northallerton; Ciaran Oakley, 13, from Stockton; Marcel Li Ping, 13, from Middlesbrough; and Andrew Ashton, 17, from Cleveland.
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