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Last NameWright of Derby    
Given NameJoseph    
alt. NamesJ. W. o. D. ; J. / Joseph Wright ;    
MarriageAnn (Hannah) Swift (1xxx-1790) in 1773    
Children6     
Year born1734 in Irongate, Derby    
Year died1797    
Place of deathDerby    
Father's occupationattorney and town clerk John Wright (1697-1767)    
RelativesHannah Brookes (1700-1764) (mother) ; 4 siblings; father-in-law was a lead miner    
EducationDerby grammer school, pupil of portraitist Thomas Hudson (1701-79)    
Country of ActivityUnited Kingdom    
Worked forJames Ferguson ; geologist and instrument maker ->John Whitehurst ; Earl Ferrers Washington Shirley ;     
PatronageSociety of Artists, Royal Academy; Free Society of Artists; Society for Promoting Arts in Liverpool; Lunar Society    
Collaboratorsartist Thomas Hudson ; artist John Hamilton Mortimer ; engraver ->Valentine Green ; industrialist Josiah Wedgwood ;    
Techniquesnatural oil painting, often with chiaroscuro    
Sample(s)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wright_of_Derby,_The_Orrery.jpg    
Archival sourcesSmith College Museum of Art, Northampton Massachusetts; Derby Museum & Art Gallery; wiki.en    
Published sourcesKlingender 1968/74: 46-62, 253-4 & figs. 28-33 ; Pinault 1991: 256 & 259 ; William Bemrose: Life & works of J. W., A.R.A. (London 1885) ; Benedict Nicholson: J. Wr. of D., Painter of Light (N.Y. 1968) ; Stephen Daniels: J. W. (Princeton 1999) ; E. Barker et al.: J. Wr. of D. in Liverpool (New Haven 2007) ;    
otherFavorite motifs: contemporary iron & steam technology; experimentation; also known for his landscapes, portraits, nocturnes. Liverpool, Bath. witness Vesuvius eruption while at Naples; friend and patient of Erasmus Darwin.    
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