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Valentine Green, 1739–1813
after Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797

A Philosopher Shewing an Experiment on the Air Pump

Materials & Techniques:
Mezzotint, scratched letter proof
Plate: 19 x 23 1/8in. (48.3 x 58.7cm), Sheet: 19 1/4 x 23 3/8in. (48.9 x 59.4cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
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IIIF Manifest:

Rufus Porter's Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860 (Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2019-12-05 - 2020-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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

Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, 1999-04-16 - 1999-09-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painters and Engraving - The Reproductive Print from Hogarth to Wilkie (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-03-26 - 1980-06-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Elizabeth E. Barker, Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool, Yale University Press, Liverpool New Haven, 2007, p. 114, no. 11, NJ18 W95 B36 2007 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby : Painter of darkness, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, p. 131, fig. 77, NJ18.W95 C72 2020+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Brandon Brame Fortune, Franklin & his friends : Portraying the man of science in eighteenth-century America, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, 1999, p. 55, fig. 4-6, Q143 .F8 F67X 1999 (LSF) [ORBIS]

Matthew Hargraves, Joseph Wright of Derby and the Society of Artists of Great Britain, British Art Journal, Vol. 11, no. 1, 2010 (Spring), pp. 53, 55, Pl. 1, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also available on line (ORBIS) [YCBA]

Joseph Wright and the spectacle of science, Yale Center for British Art, 2007, pp. 1, 4-5, Vertical File V1736 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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