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The Joseph Wright Institute


Discover the spectacular painti ngs of the world-renowned 18th Century arti st, Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 – 1797). From his famous masterpiece, The Orrery, to lesser known subject, landscape, and portrait painti ngs, the Joseph Wright Gallery showcases the full captivating range of this ‘painter of light’.

Explore hundreds of original drawings and an extensive reference library in the Joseph Wright Study Room, and learn more about Wright’s life and world.

Take a closer look in Wright Inspired; an exhibiti on that traces the influence of Wright’s work during and after the artist’s lifetime, with works by students from Burton College and Borrow Wood Primary School to refl ect the perspecti ves of a new generati on of budding artists.