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Joseph Wright of Derby

by Val Woodgate

Monday 11th April 2022

As the name by which he is known suggests, Wright of Derby lived nearly all his life in Derby, at the centre of many of the ideas and scenes which were the inspiration for his art.  His chief source of income was provided by a series of brilliant portraits of prominent members of Midlands society, but he also exhibited a wide variety of other subjects including narrative scenes and landscape. 

Today, Wright of Derby is best remembered for those paintings in which he explores effects light in industrial scenes, candle-lit interiors and, especially, for scientific subjects like his most famous painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air-Pump c.1768.  


Val Woodgate is no stranger to our group. She is one of the UK's most popular art lecturers and speaks about an impressive range of subjects.

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