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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797
The Prisoner
1787 to 1790
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
16 x 18 1/2 inches (40.6 x 47 cm)

Signed, lower right: "I. W." [or J.W.]

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arches | architectural subject | cell | correctional institution | dark | genre subject | prison | prisoner | punishment | sadness | vaulted ceilings | window
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Captive Bodies: British Prisons, 1750-1900 (Yale Center for British Art, 2018-08-27 - 2018-12-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Art in Focus : Joseph Wright and the Spectacle of Science (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-03-30 - 2007-06-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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

Elizabeth E. Barker, A very great and uncommon genius in a peculiar way : Joseph Wright of Derby and candlelight painting in 18th century Britain [PhD Dissertation, New York University], ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, , 2003, p. 274, NJ18 W95 B37 2003A (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Bemrose, The Life and Works of Joseph Wright, A.R.A., Commonly Called "Wright of Derby.", Bemrose & sons, London and Derby, 1885, p. 122, Folio A N 86 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Douglas Blau, Fictions : a selection of pictures from the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries, November 17-December 31, 1987, Kent Fine Art, New York, 1987, no. 98, N6407 B53 (LSF) [ORBIS]

Christie's sale catalogue : Important English pictures : 22 June 1979, Christie's, London, 22 June 1979, p. 71, lot 104, Fiche B51 (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. 4-5, fig. 6, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, pp. 25, 26, fig. 15, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, p. 125, no. 64, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Exhibition Catalogue. 1789. 21st, Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, no. 21, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1789, p. 4, no. 67, N5054 A53 v. 1:2 nos 14-28 (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. 17, 32, no. 14, NJ18 W95 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, p. 182 (v.2), pp. 62, 242 (v.1), no. 284 (v.2), no. 218 (v.1), NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (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]

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