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Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797


ca. 1780
Oil on canvas
24 x 28 3/4 inches (61 x 73 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
artist | chiaroscuro | coat | Georgian | hat | headgear | male | oval | painter | portrait | self-portrait
Associated People:
Wright, Joseph, of Derby (1734–1797), painter
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Off the Map: Provenance of a Painting (Nasher Museum of Art, 2021-09-18 - 2022-01-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Artists' Portraits (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-02-06 - 2002-03-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Edward Bradbury, Wright of Derby, Time (London), a monthly ..., vol. 8, no. 50, May 1883, p. 594, Available Online : British Periodicals database N.B. This is a journal, it is not The Times; Also available in hard copy : A88 T48 (SML) [ORBIS]

Jorge Calado, Haja luz, uma histâoria da quâimica atravâes de tudo , IST Press, Lisbon, 2011, p. 155, fig. 3.29, N72 S3 C35 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Calendar, Burlington Magazine, vol. 140,no.1139, February 1998, p. 159, fig. 96, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Available online through JStor. [YCBA]

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of darkness, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, pp. 68-69, fig. 41, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Daniels, Joseph Wright, Tate Publishing, London, 1999, pp. 30-1, NJ18 W95 D25 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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. 12, no. 46, Fiche B41 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, Joseph Wright of Derby: "Self Portrait in a Fur Cap", Museum Studies, vol. 18, no 2, 1992, p. 183, N6767 A77 1992 (YCBA) Also available online through JStor. [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, p. 257, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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

Eleanor H. Gustafson, Museum Accessions - Joseph Wright's 'Self-Portrait' Painting, Magazine Antiques, vol. 155, June 1999, p. 814, Yale internet resource [ORBIS]

Lucinda Hawksley, Fifty British Artists You Should Know, Prestel, Munich : New York, NY, 2011, p. 41, N6796 .H39 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Llewellynn Jewitt, Wright of Derby, Art Journal, vol. 60, December 1866, p. 377, J10 Ar74 + (LSF) [ORBIS]

Long-lost Painting is Acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Bulletin and Calendar, vol. 26, no. 15, December 1997 - January 1998, Available online http://www.yale.edu/opa/arc-ybc/ybc/v26.n15.news.08.html [Website]

National Portraits, All the Year Round, vol. 10, no. 237, November 1863, p. 254, A88 124 (SML) Available online in British Periodicals database. [ORBIS]

Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of Light, Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London, New York, 1968, p. 230 (v. 1), no. 170, NJ18 W95 +N53 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Nicolson, Wright of Derby: Addenda and Corrigenda, Burlington Magazine, vol. 130, October 1988, p. 750, fig. 31, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Also available online at JSTOR. [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]

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