The Berger Collection

Collection: Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA (1734-1797)

Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA (1734-1797)

Joseph Wright, usually called Wright of Derby after the Midlands city in which he established himself, was a pupil of Thomas Hudson. Apart from a two-year stay in Liverpool and a trip to Italy from 1773 to 1775, he spent most of his working life in the city, painting portraits of the local gentry. Keenly interested in the Enlightenment discoveries of his day, Wright of Derby is best known for his industrial scenes, which are distinctive for their atmospheric representations of light and heat.