Virtual Tour of the Joseph Wright Gallery

3 Apr 2020, 10 a.m. - 30 Jun 2021, 6 p.m.

Virtual Tour of the Joseph Wright Gallery

Virtual Tour of the Joseph Wright Gallery

The Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses many of Joseph Wright's (1734-1797) most celebrated oil paintings, alongside material relating to his studio and practice. Wright became famed for his light effects, visible in candlelit subjects such as An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) which can be seen in situ in the Derby Museums Virtual Tour!

Joseph Wright studied under Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) in London before settling in his hometown of Derby in 1753. He stayed in Liverpool and Bath and traveled in Italy for productive periods, but always returned to Derby, where he died in 1797. Here, he was close to many key figures of his time, including Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) (a key patron), and Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802). Wright became famed for his light effects, visible in candlelit subjects such as A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery (1766) and An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768), but also for his portraiture and landscapes.

Opening Times

Tuesday Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, 12pm - 4pm

Closed on Mondays

Email

info@derbymuseums.org