Joseph Wright Esqr. From a Picture painted by himself in the possession of James Cade Esqr.
London. Published by Messrs. Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur Street, Charing Cross. Febr.1 1807.
Mezzotint. 380 x 280mm (15 x 11"). Cut to platemark, some creasing;
Joseph Wright (1734-1797) was born in Derby, a small city in central England, at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. He first exhibited in London at the Society of Artists in 1765, aged 31, showing two works including 'Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight'. This was the first of a series of 'candlelight' compositions by which his name became established. The two major works of this period were, to give their full titles, 'A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on the Orrery in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun' (1766), and 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' (1768). They represent a complex combination of art, science and philosophy and owe much to the Wright's circle of friends who included members of an important provincial group of philosophers, scientists and engineers, collectively known as the 'Lunar Society' - a title derived from their custom of meeting monthly on the Monday nearest the full moon. They demonstrated experiments and discussed the latest developments in chemistry, medicine, electricity, gases and industrial topics.
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