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Porträtmaler, b. 1734 - d. 1797

(b Derby, 3 Sept 1734; d Derby, 29 Aug 1797). English painter. He painted portraits, landscapes and subjects from literature, but his most original and enduringly celebrated works are a few which reflect the philosophical and technological preoccupations of the later 18th century and are characterized by striking effects of artificial light. He was the first major English painter to work outside the capital all his life: apart from spells in Liverpool (1768–71), Italy (1773–5) and Bath (1775–7), he lived and worked in his native Derby, though exhibiting in London at both the Society of Artists (1765–76, 1791) and the Royal Academy (1778–82, 1789–90, 1794). Reappraisal of his achievements has followed Nicolson’s monograph of 1968.

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        • Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 - 1797), Portrait of a lady
          Jul. 03, 2024

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 - 1797), Portrait of a lady

          Est: £5,000 - £8,000

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 - 1797) Portrait of a lady Oil on canvas Provenance: Mehlis Auktionen, Lot 4204, as Thomas Hudson Dimensions: (Canvas) 30 in. (H) x 25 in. (W)

          Sloane Street Auctions
        • CIRCLE OF JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) - Portrait of an elderly woman, seated, half-length, in a feigned oval
          May. 23, 2024

          CIRCLE OF JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) - Portrait of an elderly woman, seated, half-length, in a feigned oval

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          CIRCLE OF JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of an elderly woman, seated, half-length, in a feigned oval oil on canvas (in a painted oval) 28.5 x 17.7 in. (72.5 x 45 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Joseph Wright of Derby [da], Edwin. 1778 ca.
          May. 14, 2024

          Joseph Wright of Derby [da], Edwin. 1778 ca.

          Est: €480 - €960

          Olio su rame. cm 14,2x11. Il soggetto è tratto da un dipinto di Joseph Wright of Derby e raffigura Edwin, il giovane poeta adolescente e malinconico protagonista del poema The Minstrel or the Progress of Genius (1771-1774), del filosofo e poeta scozzese James Beattie (Laurencekirk, 1735 - Aberdeen 1803). Il componimento traccia lo sviluppo della mente di un poeta sotto l'influenza della natura. (1)

          Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
        • AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (1734 – 1797) Portrait of Mrs John Ashton Oil on canvas, 49 x 39.5cm This work is a slightly different version after a portrait of Mrs Ashton c.1769, presented to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1908 by Charles
          May. 01, 2024

          AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (1734 – 1797) Portrait of Mrs John Ashton Oil on canvas, 49 x 39.5cm This work is a slightly different version after a portrait of Mrs Ashton c.1769, presented to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1908 by Charles

          Est: €1,000 - €1,500

          AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (1734 – 1797) Portrait of Mrs John Ashton Oil on canvas, 49 x 39.5cm This work is a slightly different version after a portrait of Mrs Ashton c.1769, presented to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1908 by Charles Fairfax Murray. Literature: Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Gallery 1990, p. 66, no. 25; J.W Goodison, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Catalogue of Paintings, III: British School, 1977, pp.293 – 4, no.659

          Adam's
        • Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781
          Mar. 13, 2024

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781 * Wright of Derby (Joseph, 1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, circa 1781, oil on canvas, half-length in three-quarter profile to left, wearing a plain dark vest, coat, and white cravat, 74 x 61 cm (29 x 24 ins), gilt moulded frame QTY: (1) NOTE: Provenance: Nathaniel Curzon, Esq., 1870; thence by descent to John Curzon of Lockington Hall, Derby (Derby Art Gallery labels for Joseph Wright of Derby exhibition loans for 1934 & 1947 to verso); acquired by the current owner's family at Christie's, King Street, London, 21 March 1975, lot 81. Literature: Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby, 1968, vol. 1, pp. 69-70, 200-201; vol. 2, p. 122, plate 199. 'Not only is the portrait listed in the Account Book among portraits of c. 1781, it also belongs stylistically to this date or slightly earlier. The subject must therefore be wrongly identified as John Harrison, clock-maker and inventor of a marine chronometer who died in March 1776 before Wright got back from Bath. Wright calls him a doctor, so he is probably the "surgeon in Wardwick", Mr. John Harrison, in whose house the daughter of Edward Wilmot of Duffield died (see Derby Mercury, 24th September 1786). He is described in Derby Mercury, 11th October 1781 as having died: "surgeon aged 64..." The portrait could show a man of c. 56.' (Nicolson, ibid., pp. 201-203). John Harrison (circa 1723-1787), surgeon of Derby, was appointed the first surgeon to Derby Gaol, on compulsion by Act of Parliament, in 1774, Timothy Pitman becoming a partner in this role in 1784. A notice in the Derby Mercury (13 December 1771) advertises the resumption of Harrison's inoculation service 'for the Season, to Inoculate as usual, on Mr. Sutton's Plan'. A mezzotint engraving from this portrait was engraved by John Raphael Smith (1751-1812), circa 1781

          Dominic Winter Auctions
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY
          Mar. 09, 2024

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY

          Est: €2,800 - €5,600

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY 3 September 1734 Derby - 28 August 1797 ibid. HALF-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF A NOBLE LADY WITH FEATHERED HAT, SILK DRESS, PEARL NECKLACE AND BLUE RIBBON Oil on canvas (old relined). 76 x 63 cm (F. 94 x 81 cm). Verso: inscribed with Fideikommissnummerr: 'F 589' on old paper label and collection number: '13605' on two further paper labels. Part. min. old rest. Probably contemporary hand-carved frame from the 18th century. Provenance: South German aristocratic property. JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY 3. September 1734 Derby - 28. August 1797 ebenda HALBFIGURENBILDNIS EINER ADLIGEN DAME MIT FEDER GESCHMÜCKTEM HUT, SEIDENKLEID, PERLKETTTE UND BLAUER SCHLEIFE Öl auf Leinwand (altdoubl.). 76 x 63 cm (R. 94 x 81 cm). Verso: Auf altem Papierlabel bezeichnet mit Fideikommissnummerr: 'F 589' und auf weiteren zwei Papierlabel Sammlungsnummer: '13605'. Part. min. altrest. Wohl zeitgenössischer handgeschnitzter Rahmen des 18. Jh. Provenienz: Süddeutscher Adelsbesitz.

          Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
        • Travel Poster National Parks Our Heritage Dovedale
          Jan. 27, 2024

          Travel Poster National Parks Our Heritage Dovedale

          Est: £90 - £180

          Original vintage travel poster - National Parks Our Heritage - Dovedale, seen here in an eighteenth-century water-colour by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), is the best known of the limestone dales which grace the southern part of the Peak District National Park. Today the steep-sided slopes are covered with fine trees but the visitor can still walk along this same footpath and enjoy, as Joseph Wright did, the unspoiled beauty of this valley. The ten National Parks of England and Wales have been established to keep unspoiled such beautiful landscapes so that, whatever changes in our way of life the years may bring, we and our heirs may continue to enjoy our heritage of natural beauty. Prepared for the National Parks Commission by the Central Office of Information. Printed in England for HM Stationery Office by W.S Cowell LTD, Ipswich. Good condition, folds, creasing, tear on top left corner. Country of issue: UK, designer: Joseph Wright of Derby, size (cm): 51x38, year of printing: 1960s.

          Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
        • Portrait of Miss Maria Boothby (1758–1805), daughter of Sir Brooke Boothby, 5th Bt. (1710–1789)
          Jan. 17, 2024

          Portrait of Miss Maria Boothby (1758–1805), daughter of Sir Brooke Boothby, 5th Bt. (1710–1789)

          Est: £2,000 - £3,000

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A. Derby 1734–1797 Portrait of Miss Maria Boothby (1758–1805), daughter of Sir Brooke Boothby, 5th Bt. (1710–1789) oil on canvas unframed: 76.7 x 64 cm.; 30¼ x 25¼ in. framed: 96.2 x 83.1 cm.; 37⅞ x 32¾ in.

          Sotheby's
        • J. WRIGHT (1734-1797) OF DERBY ANTIQUE OIL ON CANVAS WITH FRAME.
          Nov. 14, 2023

          J. WRIGHT (1734-1797) OF DERBY ANTIQUE OIL ON CANVAS WITH FRAME.

          Est: $10,000 - $20,000

          J. WRIGHT (1734-1797) OF DERBY ANTIQUE OIL ON CANVAS WITH FRAME. A VICTORIAN PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM ERNES OF BOWBRIDGE AND HIS FRIEND MR. TURNER. MEASURES 40" X 31".

          Teel Auctions
        • Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781
          Oct. 18, 2023

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, c. 1781 * Wright of Derby (Joseph, 1734-1797). Portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, circa 1781, oil on canvas, half-length in three-quarter profile to left, wearing a plain dark vest, coat, and white cravat, 74 x 61 cm (29 x 24 ins), gilt moulded frame QTY: (1) NOTE: Provenance: Nathaniel Curzon, Esq., 1870; thence by descent to John Curzon of Lockington Hall, Derby (Derby Art Gallery labels for Joseph Wright of Derby exhibition loans for 1934 & 1947 to verso); acquired by the current owner's family at Christie's, King Street, London, 21 March 1975, lot 81. Literature: Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby, 1968, vol. 1, pp. 69-70, 200-201; vol. 2, p. 122, plate 199. 'Not only is the portrait listed in the Account Book among portraits of c. 1781, it also belongs stylistically to this date or slightly earlier. The subject must therefore be wrongly identified as John Harrison, clock-maker and inventor of a marine chronometer who died in March 1766 before Wright got back from Bath. Wright calls him a doctor, so he is probably the "surgeon in Wardwick", Mr. John Harrison, in whose house the daughter of Edward Wilmot of Duffield died (see Derby Mercury, 24th September 1786). He is described in Derby Mercury, 11th October 1781 as having died: "surgeon aged 64..." The portrait could show a man of c. 56.' (Nicolson, ibid., pp. 201-203). John Harrison (circa 1723-1787), surgeon of Derby. He was appointed the first surgeon to Derby Gaol, on compulsion by Act of Parliament, in 1774, Timothy Pitman becoming a partner in this role in 1784. A notice in the Derby Mercury (13 December 1771) advertises the resumption of Harrison's inoculation service 'for the Season, to Inoculate as usual, on Mr. Sutton's Plan'. A mezzotint engraving from this portrait was engraved by John Raphael Smith (1751-1812), circa 1781 (for which see lot 46).

          Dominic Winter Auctions
        • REVERSE PAINTINGS ON GLASS, AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT
          Aug. 20, 2023

          REVERSE PAINTINGS ON GLASS, AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          A pair of 19th century reverse paintings on glass, both after the works of Joseph Wright, RA (1734-1797) including The Indian Widow and The Lady in Milton's Comus, both mounted in giltwood frames; each 27.5"H 21.5"W overall; Condition: separation crack observed in upper left corner of The Indian Widow

          Clements
        • AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English, 1734-1797). Self Portrait, English school 19th century oil on canvas painting. Unsigned. Framed.
          Jul. 27, 2023

          AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English, 1734-1797). Self Portrait, English school 19th century oil on canvas painting. Unsigned. Framed.

          Est: $600 - $800

          AFTER JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English, 1734-1797). Self Portrait, English school 19th century oil on canvas painting. Unsigned. Framed. - 30 x 25 inches; frame: 35.5 x 30.5 inches

          Sloans & Kenyon
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on
          Jul. 06, 2023

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on

          Est: £100,000 - £150,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on canvas 63.5 x 82.5 cm (25 x 32 1/2 in.)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797), PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (2)
          Jun. 14, 2023

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797), PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (2)

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797)PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX (1724-1789), BUST-LENGTH, IN A BROWN COAT; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (1733-1793), IN A BLACK AND WHITE DRESS AND HATOil on canvas75 x 62cm (29½ x 24¼ in.) (2)Provenance:By descent through the sitters' family Exhibited:Derby, Corn Exchange, A Catalogue of the Art and Industrial Exhibition..., 1866 (nos. 206, 209), lent by Rev. S. Fox Literature:Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, London, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, 1968, nos. 62 and 63In his 1968 Catalogue Raisonné Benedict Nicholson suggests that it is more likely that the sitters represent Mr. and Mrs. William, however this was presumably based principally on the location of the Fox portraits entry in the account book, where it appears directly above entries for various views in the Lake District of the mid-1790s. However, Wright's account book does not follow a strict chronological order and is not a reliable mechanism for dating purposes. In addition, the identities of the sitters are confirmed not only by the old labels attached to the stretchers, but also by their provenance, by direct descent from Francis and Dorothy Fox to the present owner. Both works are to be included in Martin Postle's forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (1734-1797) Portrait of a gentleman in a red
          May. 25, 2023

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (1734-1797) Portrait of a gentleman in a red

          Est: £25,000 - £35,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (1734-1797) Portrait of a gentleman in a red fur-trimmed coat, frogged waistcoat and a... oil on canvas 25 x 21 in. (63.5 x 53.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, with the figure of Julia
          Jan. 25, 2023

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, with the figure of Julia

          Est: $200,000 - $300,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, with the figure of Julia oil on canvas 15 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (40.3 x 51.1 cm.) Read more

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797), PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (2)
          Dec. 14, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797), PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (2)

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797)PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS FOX (1724-1789), BUST-LENGTH, IN A BROWN COAT; AND PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY FOX (1733-1793), IN A BLACK AND WHITE DRESS AND HATOil on canvas75 x 62cm (29½ x 24¼ in.) (2)Provenance:By descent through the sitters's family Exhibited:Derby, Corn Exchange, A Catalogue of the Art and Industrial Exhibition..., 1866 (nos. 206, 209), lent by Rev. S. Fox Literature:Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, London, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, 1968, nos. 62 and 63In his 1968 Catalogue Raisonné Benedict Nicholson suggests that it is more likely that the sitters represent Mr. and Mrs. William, however this were presumably based principally on the location of the Fox portraits entry in the account book, where it appears directly above entries for various views in the Lake District of the mid-1790s. However, Wright's account book does not follow a strict chronological order and is not a reliable mechanism for dating purposes. In addition, the identities of the sitters are confirmed not only by the old labels attached to the stretchers, but also by their provenance, by direct descent from Francis and Dorothy Fox to the present owner. Both works are to be included in Martin Postle's forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Jedediah Strutt, three-quarter-length, in a green coat and waistcoat, seated at a table
          Oct. 12, 2022

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Jedediah Strutt, three-quarter-length, in a green coat and waistcoat, seated at a table

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Jedediah Strutt, three-quarter-length, in a green coat and waistcoat, seated at a table Oil on canvas laid down on board 127 x 101.5cm (50 x 39 15/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Richard Arkwright Junior and his wife, Mary Arkwright with their child, full-length, standing and seated in a landscape
          Oct. 12, 2022

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Richard Arkwright Junior and his wife, Mary Arkwright with their child, full-length, standing and seated in a landscape

          Est: £50,000 - £70,000

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Richard Arkwright Junior and his wife, Mary Arkwright with their child, full-length, standing and seated in a landscape Oil on canvas 244 x 157.5cm (96 1/16 x 62in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Elizabeth, Charles and John Arkwright, standing three-quarter-length, standing in a landscape, with a goat
          Oct. 12, 2022

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Elizabeth, Charles and John Arkwright, standing three-quarter-length, standing in a landscape, with a goat

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Elizabeth, Charles and John Arkwright, standing three-quarter-length, standing in a landscape, with a goat Oil on canvas 197 x 155.5cm (77 9/16 x 61 1/4in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Robert, Peter and Richard Arkwright, full-length, standing in a landscape with a kite
          Oct. 12, 2022

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Robert, Peter and Richard Arkwright, full-length, standing in a landscape with a kite

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Group portrait of Robert, Peter and Richard Arkwright, full-length, standing in a landscape with a kite Oil on canvas 199 x 155.5cm (78 3/8 x 61 1/4in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, full-length, wearing a brown coat and yellow waistcoat, seated beneath a red curtain beside a table on which is a set of cotton spinning rollers Unframed
          Oct. 12, 2022

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, full-length, wearing a brown coat and yellow waistcoat, seated beneath a red curtain beside a table on which is a set of cotton spinning rollers Unframed

          Est: £40,000 - £60,000

          Studio of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797) Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, full-length, wearing a brown coat and yellow waistcoat, seated beneath a red curtain beside a table on which is a set of cotton spinning rollers Oil on canvas 244 x 152.5cm (96 1/16 x 60 1/16in). Unframed For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Important Joseph Wright of Derby Portrait
          Sep. 29, 2022

          Important Joseph Wright of Derby Portrait

          Est: $70,000 - $90,000

          (British, 1734-1797) Reverend John C. Carver of Morthen, South Yorkshire, wearing a brocaded dark blue velvet coat, waistcoat and holding a tricorn hat, 1760, inscription verso oil on canvas, 50-1/8 x 39-7/8 in.; original 18th century carved and gilt wood frame, 56 x 46-1/4 in. [Old Masters] Note: See Christie's New York, April 22, 2021, lot 53 for the portrait of his sister, Miss Ann Carver, and one of the four commissioned portraits which sold for $212,500 (with premium). Literature for both portraits: Nicolson, Benedict. Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light : 2 Vol. London: The Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art in Association with Routledge and Kegan Paul. New York: Pantheon, 1968, Volume I, no 30 and 31, p. 184-7, also pp.2,17, 96-8: Volume II, plates 27 and 28, p. 15; see also plate 26, p. 14 and plate 22, p.11. See Christie's New York, April 22, 2021, lot 53 for the portrait of his sister, Miss Ann Carver, one of the four commissioned portraits, which sold for $212,500 (with premium). Provenance: Painted for Rev. John Griffiths, D.D., Rector of Eckington (d. 1765), and by descent to M.C.M. Athorpe, Esq., Dinnington Hall, near Sheffield, Yorkshire; Christie's, London, Athorpe sale, 27 April 1934, lots 92-4 and 96; Christie's December 14, 1945, lots 135-6; Sotheby's February 8, 1950, lots 116-7; Sotheby's July 12, 1967, lot 109; The Estate of Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut

          Brunk Auctions
        • Important Joseph Wright of Derby Portrait
          Sep. 29, 2022

          Important Joseph Wright of Derby Portrait

          Est: $70,000 - $90,000

          (British, 1734-1797) Miss Elizabeth Carver, 1760, inscribed verso lining, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in.; original 18th century carved and gilt wood frame, 56 x 46-1/4 in. [Old Masters] Note: See Christie's New York, April 22, 2021, lot 53 for the portrait of her sister, Miss Ann Carver, and one of the four commissioned portraits which sold for $212,500 (with premium). Literature: Nicolson, Benedict. Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light : 2 Vol. London: The Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art in Association with Routledge and Kegan Paul. New York: Pantheon, 1968, Volume I, no 30 and 31, p. 184-7, also pp. 2, 17, 96-8: Volume II, plates 27 and 28, p. 15; see also plate 26, p. 14 and plate 22, p. 11 Provenance: Painted for Rev. John Griffiths, D.D., Rector of Eckington (d. 1765), and by descent to M.C.M. Athorpe, Esq., Dinnington Hall, near Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1934; Christie's, London, Athorpe sale, 27 April 1934, lots 92-4 and 96; Christie's December 14, 1945, lots 135-6; Sotheby's February 8, 1950, lots 116-7; Sotheby's July 12, 1967, lot 109; The Estate of Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut

          Brunk Auctions
        • Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Portrait of a Gentleman Cleric in a Landscape
          Sep. 28, 2022

          Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Portrait of a Gentleman Cleric in a Landscape

          Est: £3,000 - £5,000

          Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Portrait of a Gentleman Cleric in a Landscape with a Church Beyond Fine carved and gilded 18th Century frame With old inscription verso 'Duke of St Albans' Provenance: Duke of St Albans;  Lord Cavendish; Thence by descent Property of a Lady Dimensions: (Frame) 42 (H) x 35 in. (W) (Canvas) 35 (H) x 28 in. (W)

          Sloane Street Auctions
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Richard Elliso
          Jul. 08, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Richard Elliso

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Richard Ellison (1722-1797), three-quarter-length, in a claret... oil on canvas 50 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (128.1 x 102.2 cm.) (2)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in
          Jul. 08, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in

          Est: £40,000 - £60,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in a fur-lined coat oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 28 in. (92 x 71 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) View of San Felice Circeo,
          Jul. 08, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) View of San Felice Circeo,

          Est: £40,000 - £60,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) View of San Felice Circeo, Near Gaeta oil on canvas 21 x 36 in. (53.4 x 91.3 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Sampson Copesta
          Jul. 08, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Sampson Copesta

          Est: £25,000 - £35,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Sampson Copestake of Kirk Langley (1726-1816), half-length, in a... oil on canvas 30 1/4 x 25 in. (76.8 x 61 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) The Bay of Naples from Posillipo
          Jul. 06, 2022

          Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) The Bay of Naples from Posillipo

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) The Bay of Naples from Posillipo oil on canvas 31.1 x 40.4cm (12 1/4 x 15 7/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Joseph Wright Of Derby Framed Print
          Jul. 02, 2022

          Joseph Wright Of Derby Framed Print

          Est: -

          Titled: The Three Children Of Richard Arkwright With A Kite. Signed On The Lower Right Corner. Measures Approximately 30in X 29in. Print Measures Approximately 15in X 12in. Bh14728 Ja

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on
          Jun. 10, 2022

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) A moonlit landscape oil on canvas 25 1/2 x 33 in. (64.5 x 83.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • After Joseph Wright of Derby, 18th Century Portrait of Mrs John Ashton, three-quarter-length, seated, holding a book
          Apr. 12, 2022

          After Joseph Wright of Derby, 18th Century Portrait of Mrs John Ashton, three-quarter-length, seated, holding a book

          Est: £2,000 - £3,000

          After Joseph Wright of Derby, 18th Century Portrait of Mrs John Ashton, three-quarter-length, seated, holding a book oil on canvas 127 x 101.2cm (50 x 39 13/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA, British 1734-1797- Portrait of a lady, half-length, weari
          Mar. 22, 2022

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA, British 1734-1797- Portrait of a lady, half-length, weari

          Est: £3,000 - £4,000

          Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA, British 1734-1797- Portrait of a lady, half-length, wearing yellow and blue dress with lace trim, turned to the right; oil on canvas, 76.8 x 63.2 cm. Provenance: With Sabin Galleries Ltd, UK, After 1971 (according to a label attached to the reverse of the previous frame). Note: Portrayed in a feigned oval, the elegant portrait of the anonymous sitter here reflects the influence of Wright of Derby who worked in the studio of London painter Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) from 1751-1753. Lit from the left, the artist’s confident treatment of light and shade sensitively models the young lady’s features and is reminiscent of the early handling of Wright’s portraits. The style of the sitter’s elegant dress, with the distinctive ribboned crossing, is echoed in Wright’s ‘Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Susannah Fenton’, which sold at Chiswick Auctions, London, 20 March 2019, lot 14. Please refer to department for condition report

          Roseberys
        • Painting, Follower of Joseph Wright of Derby
          Dec. 19, 2021

          Painting, Follower of Joseph Wright of Derby

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Follower of Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797), Boys by Candlelight, oil on canvas, unsigned, canvas: 36"h x 27.5"w, overall (with frame): 42"h x 34"w

          Clars Auctions
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in
          Oct. 14, 2021

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in

          Est: $120,000 - $180,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A (DERBY 1734-1797) An old man, half-length, in a fur-lined coat oil on canvas 36 ¼ x 28 in. (92 x 71 cm.)

          Christie's
        • attributed to JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English 1734-1797) A PAINTING, "Portrait D'Homme, Tricorne Sous Bras," 1750-1770,
          Sep. 25, 2021

          attributed to JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English 1734-1797) A PAINTING, "Portrait D'Homme, Tricorne Sous Bras," 1750-1770,

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          attributed to JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (English 1734-1797) A PAINTING, "Portrait D'Homme, Tricorne Sous Bras," 1750-1770, oil on canvas, stretcher inscribed in pencil, "Samuel Foot 'Comedian'," and "Father of the Countess of Harrington," with paper label remnant from the Lamm Catalogue, stretcher stamped, "W. Morrill Lined," by canvas liner William Morrill (1838-1910), 30" x 25", framed, 37" x 31 1/2". Note: The sitter is attributed to Samuel Foot, a renowned English actor, and comedian of the 18th century. He wears a widow's peak white, short whig and white neck scarf tied with a restrained ruffle, centered by his grey waistcoat and overcoat suit, adorned with matching buttons. He is notably stiff in his overall presentation, though upturned lips combined with rosy cheeks and jolly silvery blue-grey eyes tell the viewer somewhat more than his restrained English grey suit belies. This suit is notably lacking extraneous embroidery or lace embellishment. He holds a pinned tricorn hat under his arm. The present three-quarter length portrait is a remarkable example of mid-eighteenth-century portraiture. Provenance: The Private Houston Collector, purchased from a Private Estate Sale, Denver, Colorado, 1986; The Lamm Collection from Näsby Castle (Near Stockholm, Sweden) sold by The American Art Association, New York, February 21-24, 1923, John Bass, purchased, $125; Christie's' sale, attributed to Zoffany, April 20, 1914; Private Collector, Houston, Texas

          Simpson Galleries, LLC
        • Attr. to Joseph Wright of Derby (British 1734-1797), Portrait of Thomas Henderson of Colchester, Unsigned, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 in
          Sep. 24, 2021

          Attr. to Joseph Wright of Derby (British 1734-1797), Portrait of Thomas Henderson of Colchester, Unsigned, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 in

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby (British 1734-1797) Portrait of Thomas Henderson of Colchester Unsigned Oil on canvas 30 x 25 in (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

          Weschler's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) - Vesuvius in eruption, viewed from Posillipo
          Jul. 08, 2021

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) - Vesuvius in eruption, viewed from Posillipo

          Est: £800,000 - £1,200,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Vesuvius in eruption, viewed from Posillipo oil on canvas 40 7/8 x 50 ½ in. (103.8 x 128.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Miss Ann Carve
          Apr. 22, 2021

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Miss Ann Carve

          Est: $80,000 - $120,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY, A.R.A. (DERBY 1734-1797) Portrait of Miss Ann Carver before a landscape, three-quarter-length oil on canvas 49 ¾ x 39 ¾ in. (126.4 x 100.9 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Circle of Wright of Derby (1734-1797) British, A study of a plume of smoke in a fiery sky, watercolour, 8" x 1
          Jan. 20, 2021

          Circle of Wright of Derby (1734-1797) British, A study of a plume of smoke in a fiery sky, watercolour, 8" x 1

          Est: £20 - £40

          Circle of Wright of Derby (1734-1797) British, A study of a plume of smoke in a fiery sky, watercolour, 8" x 10", (unframed).

          John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (DERBY 1734 - 1797)
          Dec. 04, 2020

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (DERBY 1734 - 1797)

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (DERBY 1734 - 1797) Portrait of a young lady in a feather hat and a blue dress, bust length oil on canvas 77 x 64 cm (30 1/4 x 25 1/4 in) PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Germany; Sydney Seymour-Lucas, Suffolk, UK Dating from the early 1750s, and newly attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby, the present work is a particularly fine example of the artist’s early portrait style. Portrayed in a feigned oval, the commanding pose and graceful air of the sitter reflects the influence of the London painter Thomas Hudson, in whose studio Wright worked from 1751-153, while the subtle use of light and shade that model the young lady’s features announces the style of Wright’s later works. Lit from the right, Wright defines the format of the composition with the theatrical plumes of the sitter’s hat at the top of the canvas and the tulle-like fabric of her sleeves to left and right to create a triangular focus. Within these confines he decorates the young girl with a string of pearls that fall languorously around her face and neck to her bosom, and the semi-precious stones that descend from her shoulders to provocatively trace the décolletage of her dress. Although the sitter is yet to be identified, the dress, pearls and jewels compare to those worn in the Lady of the Chomley family’s portrait painted by Wright in 1755, suggesting that the clothes may be studio clothing, and the sitter possibly a model, the present work being used by the young Wright to show his abilities and tout for portrait commissions from prospective clients. We are grateful to Brian Allen for confirming the attribution of the present work to Joseph Wright of Derby.

          Chiswick Auctions
        • JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797) PORTRAIT OF HENRY FLINT (MAYOR OF DERBY IN 1770 AND 1786)
          Nov. 18, 2020

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797) PORTRAIT OF HENRY FLINT (MAYOR OF DERBY IN 1770 AND 1786)

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (BRITISH 1734-1797) PORTRAIT OF HENRY FLINT (MAYOR OF DERBY IN 1770 AND 1786) oil on canvas (74cm x 61cm (29in x 24in)) Footnote: Provenance: Sale Sothebys 22nd May 1957 (150); Mrs Arthur Barber (1958); Richard Roberts (1959); Maurice Quick (1963); Sale Christies, 22nd November 1963 (70); Cyril P Plant; D.R Sherborn Esq F.S.A, By decent. Private Collection Literature: Benedict Nicholson catalogue Raissone of Joseph Wright of Derby pp 68-9, 73 196. Dateable on stylistic ground to c 1778-80. Note: Joseph Wright is one of the most successful artists of the Age of Enlightenment, known primarily for his atmospheric paintings using chiaroscuro in order to emphasise the contrast of light and dark. Born to a prosperous family in Derby on 3rd September 1734, Wright moved to London in 1751 with ambitions of becoming a painter. For two years, he studied under the portrait painter Thomas Hudson, who also counted Joseph van Aken and Joshua Reynolds amongst his students. Wright then returned to Derby, and besides some notable periods away such as Liverpool from 1768 to 1771 and Italy from 1773 to 1775, he always found himself called back to his hometown, where he lived until his death in 1797. Wright made a name for himself through his exceptional skill at painting dramatic light, often linked to his connections to Enlightenment figures such as Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin. His work, such as An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, currently in the National Gallery in London, is an excellent example of his engagement with modern technology and his skill at employing artificial light. Although most well known for using this technique in portraits and paintings of modern life, it is visible in much of his work. While in Derby, Wright painted portraits of numerous prosperous residents, such as the current portrait of the Mayor of Derby Henry Flint in 1787. Similar portraits of mayors are currently held in the Derby Museums collection, for example his 1789 portrait of Isaac Borrow who was twice the Mayor of the city. The enduring appeal of works by Joseph Wright of Derby is visible in the fact that they are held in numerous important private collections and public institutions worldwide such as the National Gallery in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • ATTR. JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY OIL ON CANVAS
          Aug. 21, 2020

          ATTR. JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY OIL ON CANVAS

          Est: $500 - $800

          ATTR. JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY (ENGLISH, 1734-97), OIL ON CANVAS, H 15", W 21", AUTUMNAL LANDSCAPE An 18th century oil on canvas attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby. Depicting an autumnal landscape with a distant light giving focus to an uphill residence. Artist's attribution to the verso. Unframed.

          DuMouchelles
        • Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) Portrait of the Reverand Christopher Alderson (1737-1814), bust-length, in a dove-grey jacket and white cravat
          Jun. 23, 2020

          Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) Portrait of the Reverand Christopher Alderson (1737-1814), bust-length, in a dove-grey jacket and white cravat

          Est: £8,000 - £12,000

          Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734-1797) Portrait of the Reverand Christopher Alderson (1737-1814) , bust-length, in a dove-grey jacket and white cravat oil on canvas 211⁄4 x 171⁄4 in. (54 x 43 cm.) in original carved and giltwood neoclassical frame

          Christie's
        • After Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) by William Pether (1738-1821) A Philosopher giving a lecture on the Orrery Mezzotint, 1768, on laid paper, the second state of three, before the title, published by J.Boydell, London, 485 x 580mm (19 1/8 x...
          Jun. 18, 2020

          After Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) by William Pether (1738-1821) A Philosopher giving a lecture on the Orrery Mezzotint, 1768, on laid paper, the second state of three, before the title, published by J.Boydell, London, 485 x 580mm (19 1/8 x...

          Est: £1,500 - £2,000

          After Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) by William Pether (1738-1821) A Philosopher giving a lecture on the Orrery (Chaloner Smith 48) Mezzotint, 1768, on laid paper, the second state of three, before the title, published by J.Boydell, London, 485 x 580mm (19 1/8 x 22 7/8in)(PL); together with two others, Three Persons viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight (CS45), 1769, The Alchemist (CS44), 1775, both the final, second state, published by W.Pether, London (3) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Painting, Joseph Wright (of Derby)
          Jan. 19, 2020

          Painting, Joseph Wright (of Derby)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Joseph Wright (of Derby), (British, 1734-1797), "Ralph (Grandfather of Lady Chetwynd and Only Son of Ralph Moreton Esq.)," 1787, oil on canvas, signed, titled, dated and inscribed verso, canvas: 35.5"h x 28.25"w, overall (with frame): 43.5"h x 36.5"w

          Clars Auctions
        • Joseph Wright of Derby (EN 1734-1795)
          Aug. 23, 2019

          Joseph Wright of Derby (EN 1734-1795)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Joseph Wright of Derby (English 1734-1795) Portrait of H Drewe Sept 19th 1795. oil on panel signed and identified in early hand on reverse 12 x 9" ex Eldred's

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