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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797, British, active in Italy (1773–75)

Matlock Tor by Moonlight

Former Title(s):

Matlock Tor [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Matlock Tor, moonlight

between 1777 and 1780
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 25 × 30 inches (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
cliff | clouds | genre subject | hills | horse (animal) | landscape | light | man | moon | night | reflection | river | waterfall
Associated Places:
Derbyshire | Derwent | England | Matlock | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

David Ainley, Blinded by Spectacle, Disregard for Human Labour in a Landscape of Joseph Wright of Derby, and a Painter's Respnse folloiwng modernism , Digital and Material Arts Research Centre, University of Derby, January 12, 2012, p. 6, Available online http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621637

Katharine Baetjer, Glorious nature, British landscape painting, 1750-1850 , Zwemmer publisher, London, 1993, pp. 21, 124-25, no. 20, ND1354.4 B34 1993 (YCBA)

John Baskett, Painting in England: 1700-1850: the Collection of English paintings formed by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon : on Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, until August 18th, , Connoisseur, Vol. 153, London, June 1963, p. 101, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

William Bemrose, Wright of Derby, a Biographical Notice, Reliquary, vol. 4, April 1864, p. 212, By2 945 (LSF) Copy of article in file. Also available online in British Periodicals database.

Charles Edward Buckley, English Landscape by Joseph Wright of Derby, Art Quarterly, v. 18, 1955, pp. 264-71, J10 Ar81 + (LSF)

Malcolm Cormack, A 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)

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of darkness, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, pp. vi-vii, fig. 1, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA)

Megan Cullen, Fairest isle, the appreciation of British scenery, 1750-1850 : [exhibition] label copy by Megan Cullen ... [et al.] Yale Center for British Art, April 12-June 25, 1989. , Yale Center for British Art, [New Haven, 1989, p. 54, no. 125, ND1354.4 F351 1989 (YCBA)

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, pp.68-69, no. 56, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, p. 184, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA)

Exhibition at Durlacher Gallery, Arts Magazine, vol. 34, April 1960, p. 54, N1 A415 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

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

Andrew Graciano, "The Book of Nature is Open to All Men", eology, Mining, and History in Joseph Wright's Derbyshire Landscapes , Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 68, University of California Press, December 2005, p. 590, Z783 S25 H45 68 SERIALS (YCBA)

Luke Herrmann, British landscape painting of the eighteenth century., Faber & Faber, London, 1973, p.90, ND1354.4 H47 1973 + (YCBA)

Luke Herrmann, The Paul Mellon Collection at Burlington House, Connoisseur, v. 157, no. 634, December 1964, pp. 218, 219, fig. 11, N1 C75 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Another copy available in YCBA Vertical File Collection: v 2334

Ian S. Hodkinson, An 18th century artist-applied lining, Joseph Wright of Derby's "Cut through the Rock at Cromford" , American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, vol. 34, Spring 1995, pp. 35-26, Available online at JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/stable/3179434

Llewellynn Jewitt, Wright of Derby, Art Journal, vol. 60, December 1866, pp. 377-378, J10 Ar74 + (LSF)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, pp.84-85, no. 29, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (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. 12 (v.1), no. 36, 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, pp. 56 (v.1)..., no. 38, pl. 223, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (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, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Duncan Robinson, Fairest isle, the appreciation of British scenery, 1750-1850 : Yale Center for British Art, April 12-June 25, 1989. , Yale Center for British Art, [New Haven, 1989, p. 16, no. 125, ND1354.4 F35 (YCBA)

Robert Rosenblum, Wright of Derby: Gothick Realist, ART News, vol. 59, March 1960, pp. 24-7, N1 A6 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

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. 63 (v. 1), no. 232, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)

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