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Joseph Wright

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Joseph Wright ARA (3 September 1734 – 29 August 1797)

Known as Wright of Derby, Joseph was an English landscape and portrait painter. He was the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution.

Wright was notable for his use of chiaroscuro effect (contrast of light and dark) and for his paintings of candle-lit subjects. His paintings of the birth of science out of alchemy, often based on the meetings of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group of scientists and industrialists living in the English Midlands, are a significant record of the struggle of science against religious values in the period known as the Age of Enlightenment.

Many of Wright's paintings and drawings including his most famous work A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery (1766) are owned by Derby City Council, and are on display at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.


The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, jobs and business start-ups in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It’s invested £1.65million from its Local Growth Fund allocation in a Derby City Council city centre improvement scheme, which includes the Made in Derby project.

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