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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797

The Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Gisborne, of Yoxall Lodge, Staffordshire

Oil on canvas
73 x 60 inches (185.4 x 152.4 cm)

Signed and dated in black paint, lower right: "I. Wright Pinx^t. 1786"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
art | buckles | coat | conversation piece | couple | cravat | curls | dog (animal) | dress (costume) | fichu | gown | greyhound | hairpiece | hat | man | pencil | portfolio (container) | portrait | ruffles | sash | shawls | trees | trousers | umbrella | woman
Associated People:
Gisborne, Thomas (1758–1846), Church of England clergyman and religious writer
Gisborne, Mary (b. 1760)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Commissioned by Rev. Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), Yoxall Lodge, Staffordshire, the sitter, from Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), the artist, in 1786; by descent to his son, Thomas Guy Gisborne (1812-1869); by descent to his wife, Emily Wingfield Gisborne (née Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes) (1827-1917);… ; sold by an anonymous owner and purchased by Westmore at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, England, March 26, 1926 (lot 127, ‘Portrait of a Man and a Woman’), in “Old Pictures and Drawings…from Various Sources" [a]; …; acquired by Florence Higinbotham Crane (1870-1949), Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA, by 1931 [1]; sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, NY, July 1, 1950 (lot 1005) [b]; …; acquired by Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, England, by 1960; purchased by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), 1960; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, 1981.

[1] From photograph hanging at Crane Estate, where the painting once hung.

[a] Christie, Manson & Woods. March 26, 1926. Catalogue of Old Pictures and Drawings, the Property of Sir Miles Stapleton, Bart., of Grey’s, Henley-on-Thames; Old Pictures, the Property of the Late Hon. Mrs. James Byng, also Old Pictures and Drawings from Various Sources. https://worldcat.org/en/title/171361640
[b] Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. July 1, 1950. Castle Hill: important English XVII-XVIII century furniture. https://worldcat.org/en/title/171354557

Joseph Wright of Derby (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990-09-06 - 1990-12-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Joseph Wright of Derby (Musée du Louvre, 1990-05-17 - 1990-07-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Joseph Wright of Derby (Tate Britain, 1990-02-07 - 1990-04-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A Great Collection of British Pictures in Virginia, The Times (London), , May 1, 1963, p. 5, Times Digital Archive [ORBIS]

William Bemrose, The Life and Works of Joseph Wright, A.R.A., Commonly Called "Wright of Derby.", Bemrose & sons, London and Derby, 1885, p. 25, Folio A N 86 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale catalogue : Catalogue of old pictures and drawings the property of Sir Miles Stapleton, Bart., of Grey's, Henley-on-Thames; old pictures the property of the late Hon. Mrs. James Byng, also old pictures and drawings from various sources : 26 March 1926, Christie's, London, 1926, p. 18, lot 127, Fiche B51 YCBA

Michael Clarke, The tempting prospect, a social history of English watercolours , British Museum Publications, London, 1981, pl. 74, ND28 C53 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 264-265, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of darkness, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, pp. 38-39, fig. 26, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frederick J. Cummings, Joseph Wright at the National Gallery, Art Quarterly, vol. 34, Winter 1971, p. 477, J10 Ar81 + (LSF) [ORBIS]

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, p. 47, no. 35, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Derby Museums & Art Gallery, Catalogue of the Paintings by Joseph Wright, A.R.A., commonly called "Wright of Derby", together with some Original Drawings, and a complete Collection of Prints after his Works on view in the Corporation Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, Derby, 1883, no. 82, Fiche B41 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734-1797, Londres, Tate Gallery, 7 fâevrier-22 avril 1990 ; Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, 17 mai-23 juillet 1990 ; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6 septembre-2 dâecembre 1990 , Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1990, p. 152, no. 94, NJ18 W95 +E5414 1990 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, pp. 223-24, no. 146, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Gisborne, Thomas 1758-1846, Dictionary of National Biography, 22, 2004, pp.356-57, DA28 D5 2004 (YCBA) Also Available Online (ORBIS) [YCBA]

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 78, ND466 G67 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Leach, Joseph Wright and the final farewell, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2023, p. 183, fig. 13.2, NJ18 W95 L43 2023 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Janice Lingley, Gisborne of the Woods and Forests, , The Kipling Journal, vol. 97, The Kipling Society, London, November 3 2023, p. 34, https://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/journal/kj395 [Website]

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, p. 199 (v.1),, cat. 67, pl. 269, NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Nicolson, Thomas Gisborne and Wright of Derby, Burlington Magazine, vol. 107,no.743, February 1965, pp. 56, 58-63, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Available online through JStor. [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 : collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon : Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, , 1,2, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 135 (v.1), no. 256, pl. 218, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 70 (v.1), no. 253, pl. 72, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Michael Rosenthal, The art of Thomas Gainsborough, "a little business for the eye" , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1999, pp. 235-36, pl. 240, NJ18 G16 R67 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : British Paintings 1500-1850 : 9 March 1988, Sotheby's, London, March 9, 1988, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Roy C. Strong, The British portrait, 1660-1960, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1991, p. 234, plate 221, ND1314 B743 1991 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters in Oils and Crayons, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1981, p. 429, ND466 +W38 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Alice Winchester, English Conversation Pieces from the Mellon Collection, Antiques, vol. 83, April 1963, p. 444, NK1125 A3 v. 83 OVERSIZE (HAAS) [ORBIS]

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 34, N590.2 A82 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, p. 64 (v.1), no. 236, pl. 72, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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