Paintings

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A Biography of Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution Text: Olga Baird Joseph Wright… read more »

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A Cottage on Fire

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas

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A Letter from a Mechanick in the busy Town of Birmingham, to Mr. Stayner, a Carver, Statuary, and Architect, in the sleepy Corporation of Warwick

Image: South-West Prospect of Birmingham, 1829, attributed to Frederick Calvert. Watercolour on Paper. Image from: Birmingham Museums & Art… read more »

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A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery (1764-1766)

Image:Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797. Oil on Canvas, Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery Public scientific lectures… read more »

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A Philosopher lecturing on the Orrery (1766)

Wright’s painting is a celebration of scientific knowledge and the interpreter of this knowledge, the philosopher. The… read more »

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A Portrait of Jedediah Strutt

Jedediah Strutt: Industrialist and Philanthopist Text: Olga Baird Jedediah Strutt (1726-1797) was one of leading pioneer industrialists of… read more »

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A Portrait of Thomas Telford: Civil Engineer

Image: Portrait of Thomas Telford (1757-1834). Frontispiece of Atlas to the Life of Thomas Telford, Civil Engineer containing eighty-three… read more »

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A Prize Bull

First half of the 19th century, Edmund Bristow (1787-1876, b. Eton – d. Eton). Wolverhampton Art Gallery.… read more »

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Atlas to the Life of Thomas Telford

Atlas to the Life of Thomas Telford, Civil Engineer containing eighty-three copper plates, illustrative of his professional… read more »

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Belisarius receiving Alms (1775)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Pen, ink and brown wash over pencil. Image from: Derby Museum & Art… read more »

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Bowood House: Discovery of Oxygen; Respiratory Science

Image: Antoine Lavoisier, the French chemist, whom Priestley met in 1774. Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley… read more »

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Captain Thomas Chance: Merchant

Image: View of Bristol, 1827, Patrick Nasmyth (1787-1831) Image from: Wolverhampton Art Gallery Thomas Chance, the third son of… read more »

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Chemical Philosophers of the Present Day: Dr Priestley

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Conclusion: Classical Order versus Romantic Nature

Virgil’s Tomb (1782), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas. Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Wright painted several… read more »

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Cottage in Needwood Forest

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Darwin, Priestley and Romantic Materialism

Image: Bridge through a Cavern, Moonlight (1791).  Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on Canvas. Derby Museum & Art Gallery.… read more »

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David Garrick as Sir Brute in The Provok’d Wife by John Vanbrugh, 1765

Johann Zoffany (1733 -1810, b. Frankfurt/Main – d. Strand-on-the-Green, London) Wolverhampton Art Gallery. OP 607. Acquired in… read more »

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Detail of Landscape with a Rainbow

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Dr John Ash, M.D.

Image: Print of a portrait of Dr John Ash (1723-1798) from R K Dent, Old and New Birmingham: A… read more »

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Fire in Rome

Originally called Fire in Rome, this image is probably one of Wright’s drawings of the Girandola firework… read more »

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Floyer and Erasmus Darwin

Image: Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Portrait of Erasmus Darwin (1792). Oil on Canvas. Image from: Wolverhampton Art Gallery Erasmus Darwin, who started… read more »

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Girandola with St Peter’s Rome (1774/5)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Sepia wash with brown ink. Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery This… read more »

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Holt Castle on the banks of the Severn

From Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824 by Thomas Harral

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Introduction

Image: Portrait of Joseph Priestley. Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins Joseph Priestley’s importance as… read more »

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Introduction

Image: Print of Joseph Priestley Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins Two hundred years ago,… read more »

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Introduction: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism

Alchymist in Search of the Philosopher’s Stone, (exhibited 1775, reworked 1795). Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Oil on… read more »

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Introduction: Interpretations

The “Priestley” Riots of July 1791 are one of the best-documented episodes in Birmingham history. The initial… read more »

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Joseph Priestley: Trail-blazing Experimenter

Image: Print of Joseph Priestley, 1782, showing examples of scientific equipment beneath the portrait. Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection… read more »

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Joseph Wright of Derby and his Visit to Italy 1773 – 1775

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Eruption of Mount Vesuvius (1774). Gouache on paper. Image from: Derby Museum &… read more »

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Joseph Wright of Derby: Art, the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Self Portrait in a Black Feathered Hat(c1767-1770). Oil on canvas. Summary Joseph Wright… read more »

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Joseph Wright’s Journey to Italy

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734- 1797), Self Portrait (c1767-70). Charcoal on paper. Image from: Derby Museum… read more »

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Landscape with a Rainbow

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Maria and her dog Silvio (from Sterne’s Sentimental Journey)

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Oil on Canvas. Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Matthew Boulton and Birmingham Silverware in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

Image: The painted sign for the King’s Head Inn, New Street, Birmingham showing the Head of George III.… read more »

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On the Lledr

David Cox (1783-1859, b. Deritend, Birmingham – d. Harborne, near Birmingham)

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Photograph of portrait of Joseph Priestley

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Photograph of portrait of Joseph Priestley at the age of 30

Image from: Joseph Priestley Collection by Samuel Timmins, Birmingham City Archives.

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Portrait of Thomas Bennett

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Oil on Canvas.

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Portrait of Thomas Borrow

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Oil on Canvas.

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Portrait of William Cuningham-Fairlie [unconfirmed]

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823, b. Edinburgh – d. Edinburgh). Wolverhampton Art Gallery. OP 533. Acquired with a… read more »

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Priestley and the Church of England

Image: Bishop Samuel Horsley, one of Priestley’s main Anglican opponents. Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by Samuel… read more »

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Priestley: Body, Matter and Death

Miravan Breaking Open the Tomb of his Ancestors (1772).  Joseph Wright of Derby(1734-1797), Oil on canvas. Derby Museum &… read more »

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Priestley’s Arrival in America

Image: Chemical Philosophers of the Present Day, Dr Priestley. The apotheosis of Joseph Priestley. The scientist ascends into… read more »

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Priestley’s Early Career

Image: The Earl of Shelburne, Priestley’s patron from 1772 to 1780 Image from: Birmingham City Archives, Priestley Collection by… read more »

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Priestley’s Educational Philosophy

People, Priestley insisted, were not what they were born but what their education had made them. A… read more »

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