The Berger Collection

Joseph Wright of Derby, ARA (1734-1797)
Miss Frances Warren, ca. 1763
Oil on canvas
Inscribed on reverse, Frances Warren dau[ghter] of / th[e] Hon[orable] J John Pollard Warren / by Wright /of Derby
49 x 39 in. (124.5 x 99 cm)

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Called Wright of Derby after the English Midlands city in which he spent his working life, the artist enjoyed a successful career painting portraits of the local gentry. This picture dates from the early 1760s and was Wright’s first full-length portrait. It shows the young daughter of J. John Pollard Warren, a Derby resident, represented as a shepherdess tending her flock. Such pastoral imagery had been popular in English portraiture for over a century. Wright’s close attention to textural detail – the silvery sheen of Miss Warren’s dress, the lamb’s soft fur – is a hallmark of his style.


Sotheby's, March 12, 1986, lot 50; the Sweetman family; by descent; with Colnaghi & Co., London, 1986; Sotheby's, New York, January 1, 1989, lot 145; Christie's, New York, May 15, 1996, lot 67


B. Nicholson, Joseph Wright of Derby, Painter of Light, 1968, Vol. I, pp. 30, 33, 224-225, Vol. II, p. 27, pl. 48

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