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Joseph Wright by Joseph Wright


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Joseph Wright by Joseph Wright

'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 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.


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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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