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.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Strand, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1BS

01332 641 901


Opening times

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12-4pm

For Bank Holiday and Christmas opening times please check the website.

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