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18th and Early 19th paintings from Wolverhampton Art Gallery

ImageOn the Lledr by David Cox

Used with permission from Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Summary: Wolverhampton Art Gallery contains a representative selection of paintings by 18th and early 19th century artists, including Thomas Gainsborough and Joseph Wright of Derby. The paintings reveal individual artistic styles and evoke the history of the time. Examples of subjects include innovators such as Erasmus Darwin and John Wilkinson, allegorical scenes, historical and literary events and paintings of the natural world. “At your Pleasure”, the name of the exhibition, presents the paintings in their context by including artefacts of the period, including enamels, porcelain, books, dolls, tokens and medals. Olga Baird, who created the displays has described and interpreted twelve of the paintings, two of which are not on show (nos. 3 and 9).

Additional biographical and historical material has been supplied by Malcolm Dick.


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Text by: Olga Baird with additional information by Malcolm Dick
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708-018th and Early 19th paintings from Wolverhampton Art Gallery 661-0Portrait of the Lee Family, 1736 Joseph Highmore, 1692-1780, b. London d. Canterbury 660-0Portrait of James Donnithorne Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788, b. Sudbury d. London 633-0Portrait of John Wilkinson, English School, 18th century. Unknown artist 659-0Study of a Bull, Probably Gordale Scar period, 1811-1815 James Ward, 1769-1859, b. London d. Cheshunt 664-0Portrait of Erasmus Darwin 635-0The Apotheosis of Penelope Boothby, 1792, Henry Fuseli 637-0Penelope Weeping over the Bow of Ulysses, c.1799, Angelica Kauffmann 640-0David Garrick as Sir Brute in the Provok’d Wife by Sir John Vanbrugh, 1765, Johann Zoffany 639-0Projected Frontispiece for The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1798, attributed to James Millar 662-0The Falls of Niagara, c. 1708-1774, Richard Wilson 663-0The South-West Face of Chunar Gur Fortress, 1786, William Hodges 665-0The Landing of Louis XVIII at Calais, 1819, Edward Bird
Sources and Further Reading

The following list provides an introduction to the art and artists of the period. More information can be found in the booklists of these publications and by searching on the Internet for material about the painters and their subjects.

Dictionary of National Biography
S F Eisenman et al., eds., Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, (London, 1994)
McCalman, Iain, An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001).
Waterhouse, E, Painting in Britain, 1530-1790, (New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 1994)

The images are reproduced courtesy of Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Further information about the Gallery and its paintings can be obtained from:

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street. Wolverhampton WV1 1DU: 01902 552055
Tel: 01902 552055
Fax: 01902 552053
Website: www.wolverhampton.org.uk/web_page/pleasure.htm