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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797, British, active in Italy (1773–75)
Vesuvius from Posillipo
ca. 1788
Oil on panel
Support (PTG): 25 x 33 inches (63.5 x 83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
bay (body of water) | building | cliff | Grand Tour | landscape | lava | light | mountains | rowboat | science | ship | shore (landform) | smoke | volcano
Associated Places:
Italy | Napoli, Golfo di | Vesuvio
On view
Exhibition History:
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Classic Ground - British Artists and the Landscape of Italy, 1740-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-07-29 - 1981-09-20)

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

Yale University Art Gallery 2015 - 2016 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-07-27 - 2015-01-05)

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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, p. 25, no. 20, NJ18 W95 A77 (YCBA)

Duncan Bull, Classic ground, British artists and the landscape of Italy, 1740-1830 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, p. 35, no. 31, ND1354.4 B85 (YCBA)

City Museum & Art Gallery Birmingham, Commemorative exhibition of the art treasures of the Midlands/City of Birminghman Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1934, p. 78, no. 297, N5056 B5 A35 1934 (YCBA)

David Oeters Corbett, An American experiment, George Bellows and the Ashcan painters , National Gallery Company, London, 2011, pp. 3135, fig. 14, NJ18.B41 C67 2011 (LC) (HAAS) Copy also available at LSF for use in Manuscriptsand Archives at SML (Yns72 2011 P437)

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

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, p. 15, no. 65, Fiche B41 (YCBA)

Mr. Colin Eisler, A guide to the superstars, ART News, vol. 73, October 1974, pp. 103-104, N1 A6 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art, The Grand Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art., Sixth International Exhibition presented by C. I. N. O. A., La Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art, The International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art, Oct. 19, 1974-Jan. 5, 1975. , Hennage Creative Printers, [Washington, D.C., 1974, p. 126, no. 120, N5020 N7 M48 C65 (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, p. 27, no. 9, NJ18 W95 U5 (YCBA)

Robert Michael Neuman, Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, Pearson, Boston, 2013, p. 400, fig. 14.21, N6415.B3 N48 2013 (YCBA)

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, pp. 78-79, 84, 92 , 125, 255, no. 269, pl. 294, NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (YCBA)

Benedict Nicolson, Wright of Derby, Addenda and Corrigenda , Burlington Magazine, vol. 130, October 1988, p. 755, N1 B87 130:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Morton D. Paley, The Apocalyptic Sublime, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1986, pp. 3-5, no. 2, ND1432 G73 P34 1986

Gillian Perry, Unit 29, Joseph Wright of Derby , Open University Press, Milton Keynes (England), 1987, p. 57, NJ18 W95 P47 OVERSIZE (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. 13 (v.1), no. 39, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 57 (v.1), no. 40, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Ellis Waterhouse, Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters in Oils and Crayons, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1981, p. 427, ND466 +W38 Oversize (YCBA)

Christie's Sale Catalogue : Important English Pictures : 22 November 1985, Friday, November 22, 1985, p. 45, lot 28b, Sales Catalogues (YCBA)

Current and forthcoming exhibitions, Burlington Magazine, vol. 116, November 1974, pp. 698, 799, no. 107, N1 B87 116:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Front matter, Burlington Magazine, vol. 132, June 1990, p. xvi, N1 B87 132:2 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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