Portrait of Erasmus Darwin

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797, b. Derby-d. Derby)

Wolverhampton Art Gallery OP 528, acquired in 1972.

The painting was owned by the Darwin Family in the mid 19th century.

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.