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Joseph Wright of Derby

Born: Derby, England, 30 September 1734
Died: Derby, England, 29 August 1797
Nationality: English

son of a lawyer


with Thomas Hudson (1751-53, London)


-portrait painter

1781 – elected Associate of the Royal Academy, where he exhibited regularly


Italy (1773-74)

Commissions from: 

 John Boydell (Shakespeare Gallery)

Important Artworks: 

Self-Portrait, c. 1753 (Derby Museum)   

A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, 1766 (Derby Museum) 

The Old Man and Death, 1773 (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford)

Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples, c.1776-80 (Tate, London). He painted over 30 views of Vesuvius between 1775 and 1795.

Sir Brooke Boothby, 1781 (Tate, London) 

Corinthian Maid, 1783-84 (National Gallery of Art, London)

The Widow of an Indian Chief Watching the Arms of Her Deceased Husband, 1785 (Derby Museum)