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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797

A Grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, Sunset

Former Title(s):

A Grotto in the Gulf of Salernum

Cavern in the gulf of Salernum--sunset. [1781, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

1780 to 1781
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
40 x 50 inches (101.6 x 127 cm), Frame: 48 × 57 × 3 3/4 inches (121.9 × 144.8 × 9.5 cm)

Possibly signed lower left: "J W"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
boat | grotto | gulf | landscape | lateen rig | light | marine art | rocks (landforms) | rocks (landforms) | sea | sea | seascape | stalactites | sunset | waves (natural events)
Associated Places:
Campania | Italy | Salerno, Golfo di | Tirreno, Mare
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Hogarth, Reynolds, Turner: British Painting and the Rise of Modernity (Fondazione Roma Museo - Palazzo Sciarra, 2014-04-14 - 2014-07-20) [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]

Charles Edward Buckley, Joseph Wright of Derby, Magazine of Art, vol. 45, April 1952, pp. 160-7, J10 Ar 81 OVERSIZE (HAAS) [ORBIS]

Duncan Bull, England and Italy. Sudbury and London [Review], Burlington Magazine, vol. 129,no.1016, November 1987, p. 761, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (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. 262-263, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Patricia Crown, An Album of Sketches from the Royal Academy Exhibitions of 1780-1784, Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 44, University of California Press, Winter 1980, p. 64, Z783 S25 H45 44 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frederick J. Cummings, Joseph Wright at the National Gallery, Art Quarterly, vol. 34, Winter 1971, pp. 475-481, J10 Ar81 + (LSF) [ORBIS]

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, pp. 164-5, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert L. Herbert, Monet on the Normandy coast, tourism and painting, 1867-1886 , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1994, p. 120, fig. 133, NJ18 M77 H43 1994 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734-1797, an exhibition of paintings and drawings, the Tate Gallery, 11 April to 18 May, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 31 May to 21 June , Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1958, pp. 22-4, 26, no. 16, 21, NJ18 W95 A77 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joseph Wright of Derby, a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. [Exhibition] November 22, 1969 to May 1, 1970. , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 7,15,24, no. 7, NJ18 W95 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

National Gallery of Art, Painting in Georgian England from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1970, p. 17, slide 48, ND488 P25 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, pp. 81-2, 257, no. 280, fig. 103, NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Nicolson, Wright of Derby: Addenda and Corrigenda, Burlington Magazine, vol. 130, October 1988, p. 757,fn. 38, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Also available online at 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. 212 (v. 1), no. 450, 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. 52 (v. 1), no. 189, pl. 73, 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. 3, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Skira editore, Hogarth Reynolds Turner : British painting and the rise of modernity, Rome, 2014, pp. 230. 288, cat. no. 80, fig. 80, ND466 .H65 2014 OVERSIZE (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, pp. 63 (v. 1), no. 234, pl. 73, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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