Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond
24 May – 31 August 2014
Free to all
The first exhibition to comprehensively explore the artist's little known years in Bath.
Joseph Wright 'of Derby' lived and worked in Bath between 1775-77, a period that marked a crossroads in his career.
Wright went to Bath with the aim of painting portraits, hoping to emulate the success of Thomas Gainsborough who had recently left for London.
During these years he became interested in sentimental contemporary literature and began to experiment with new styles of composition in his portraiture. The display features examples of three such paintings, including that of the elderly Rev. Thomas Wilson with his young daughter Catharine Macaulay.
Wright also used his time in Bath to work up the landscape studies he had made in Italy, producing incredible images of the Vesuvius in eruption from his studio in Brock Street.