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Creator:
Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797, British, active in Italy (1773–75)
Title:
The Blacksmith's Shop
Date:
1771
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 50 1/2 x 41 inches (128.3 x 104.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, lower right: "Jo:[symbol] Wright | Pinx [symbol] 1771."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.712
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
angels | anvil (tool) | apprentices | blacksmiths | boys | children | church | clouds | contrast | genre subject | horseshoes (animal equipment) | labor | light | machines | metal | monastery | moon | moonlight | night | religious (people) | ruins | shop | tools | woman | workers
Access:
On view
Exhibition History:
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Joseph Wright of Derby (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990-09-06 - 1990-12-02)

Joseph Wright of Derby (Musée du Louvre, 1990-05-17 - 1990-07-23)

Joseph Wright of Derby (Tate Britain, 1990-02-07 - 1990-04-22)

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Art Gallery of South Australia, 1998-09-16 - 1998-11-15)

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Queensland Art Gallery, 1998-07-15 - 1998-09-06)

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998-05-01 - 1998-07-05)

Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-09-27 - 2001-12-30)

Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2002-02-01 - 2002-05-05)

Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-05-22 - 2008-08-30)

Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (Walker Art Gallery, 2007-11-17 - 2008-02-24)

Yale University Art Gallery 2015-2016 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-02-01 - 2016-01-05)

Publications:
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David Alexander, Painters and engraving, the reproductive print from Hogarth to Wilkie , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, p. 31, no. 51, NE631.2 A43 (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, no. 8, NJ18 W95 A77 (YCBA)

Elizabeth E. Barker, Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool New Haven, 2007, pp. 49, 52, 67-9, cat.41, NJ18 W95 B36 2007 + (YCBA)

Timothy J. Barringer, The Englishness of Thomas Cole, University of New Hampshire Press, Durham, NH, 2011, p. 14, V2383 (YCBA

Annalisa Bellerio, Joseph Wright of Derby 1734-1797, FMR, No. 87, September 1997, pp. 8-9., N1 F16 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

David Bindman, The History of British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2008, pp. 182-83 (v.2), ffig. 116, N6761 +H57 2008 Oversize (YCBA)

E. P. Birk, English Painter of Light: Exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Magazine Antiques, vol. 97, February 1970, p. 164, NK1125 A3 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Albert Boime, Art in an age of revolution, 1750-1800, v. 1, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1987, pp. 247-9, fig. 3.18, N6425 N4 B65 1987 (YCBA)

Joseph Burke, The Iconography of the Enlightenment in English Art, Sydney University Press for the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1970, pp. 15-16, pl. 6, N6766 B87

Bruce W. Chambers, The Pythagorean Puzzle of Patrick Lyon, Art Bulletin, v. 58, June 1976, pp. 231-32, fig. 13, N11 C4 + (YCBA)

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)

Malcolm Cormack, A Selective Promenade, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 288, 291, fig. 7, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

Denis E. Cosgrove, The Iconography of landscape, essays on the symbolic representation, design, and use of past environments , 9, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England] New York, 1988, pp. 129-34, fig. 7, NX650.L34 I26 1988 (YCBA)

Frederick J. Cummings, Joseph Wright at the National Gallery, Art Quarterly, vol. 34, Winter 1971, pp. 457-82, J10 Ar81 + (LSF)

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, pp. 49-50, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, pp. 99-100, no. 47, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (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, no. 35, NJ18 W95 +E5414 1990 Oversize (YCBA)

Celina Fox, The arts of industry in the Age of Enlightenment, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009, p. 428, fig. 214, N72.T4 F69 2009 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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

Loyd Grossman, Benjamin West and the struggle to be modern, Merrell, London: New York, 2015, pp. 108.111, 112, fig. 52, NJ18.W52 G76 2015 (YCBA)

Matthew Hargraves, Joseph Wright of Derby and the Society of Artists of Great Britain, British Art Journal, Vol. 11, no. 1, 2010 (Spring), pp. 56-57, Pl. 3, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also available on line (ORBIS)

E. D. H. Johnson, Paintings of the British social scene, from Hogarth to Sickert , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1986, p. 128, no. 87, ND1452 G7 J64 (YCBA)

Jane Kristof, Blacksmiths, Weavers, and Artists: Images of Labor in the 19th Century, Nineteenth Century Contexts, vol. 17, 1993, p. 183, fig. 6, Yale Internet Resource

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, p. 80, no. 27, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

Roy Morris, Engravings After Joseph Wright, A.R.A., Print-Collector's Quarterly, vol. 19, April 1932, pp. 94-115, Je10 P933 (LSF)

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, no. 3, NJ18 W95 U5 (YCBA)

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, pp. 17, 50-1..., no. 199, fig. 33, 58-9, NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (YCBA)

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright's Early Subject Pictures, Burlington Magazine, vol. 96, no. 612, March 1954, pp. 72-80, fig. 5, N1 B87 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Available online in JStor.

Ronald Paulson, Emblem and expression, meaning in English art of the eighteenth century , Thames and Hudson, London, 1975, pp. 190-3, pl. 124, NX543 P38 (YCBA)

Ronald Paulson, Breaking and remaking, aesthetic practice in England, 1700-1820 , Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1989, pp. 203-4, fig. 21, BH221 G72 P38 1989 (YCBA)

Ronald Paulson, Hogarth's harlot, sacred parody in Enlightenment England , Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2003, pp. 146, 160-2, fig. 40, BR758 P38 2003 (YCBA)

Gillian Perry, Unit 29, Joseph Wright of Derby , Open University Press, Milton Keynes (England), 1987, p. 32, NJ18 W95 P47 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Eric Robinson, Shorter Notices, Joseph Wright of Derby : The Philosophers' Painter , Burlington Magazine, vol. 100, The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd., June 1958, p. 214, N1 B87 100 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Michael Rosenthal, The art of Thomas Gainsborough, "a little business for the eye" , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1999, pp. 82-83, 219, pl. 79, NJ18 G16 R67 1999 (YCBA)

Susan L. Siegfried, Engaging the Audience, Sexual Economies of Vision in Joseph Wright , Representations, No. 68, Autumn 1999, pp. 35-38, fig. 1, Available online

Susan L. Siegfried, Engaging the Audience, Sexual Economies of Vision in Joseph Wright , Representations, No. 68, Autumn 1999, pp. 35-38, fig. 1, NX1 R46 (YCBA) also available online

David H. Solkin, Joseph Wright of Derby and the Sublime Art of Labor, Representations, vol. 83, Summer 2003, pp. 167-194 n.44, fig. 1, NX1 R46 (SML) Available online in JStor. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/rep.2003.83.1.167

Joseph Wright of Derby An Academy by Lamplight, Sotheby's, London, p. 16, fig. 8, V 2763 (YCBA)

Peter Wagner, The ruin and the sketch in the eighteenth century, vol. 2, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, 2008, pp. 185-87, fig 6, N6766 .R75 2008 (YCBA)

Marian Wardle, The Weir family, 1820-1920, expanding the traditions of American art , Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah and Hanover, N.H., 2011, p. 123, NJ18 W4268 A12 2012 (LC) Oversize (HAAS)

Malcolm Warner, Great British paintings from American collections, Holbein to Hockney , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 115, no. 27, ND464 W27 2001 (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)

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, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 33, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool, May 22 - August 31, 2008. , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2008, p. 10, V 2193 (YCBA)

Exhibition at Washington, Apollo, March 1970, p. 244, fig. 5, N1 A54 + (YCBA)

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 288, 291, fig. 7, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

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