Joseph Wright of Derby

1734 - 1797

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Joseph Wright (3 September 1734 – 29 August 1797), styled Joseph Wright of Derby, was an English landscape and portrait painter. He has been acclaimed as "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution".Wright is notable for his use of tenebrism, an exaggerated form of the better known chiaroscuro effect, which emphasizes the contrast of light and dark, and for his paintings of candle-lit subjects. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Wright of Derby has received more than 398,028 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Joseph Wright of Derby is the 340th most popular painter (up from 437th in 2019), the 765th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 933rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Painter.

Joseph Wright of Derby is most famous for his paintings of the effects of light and color.

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Among painters, Joseph Wright of Derby ranks 340 out of 1,428Before him are Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Pietro Cavallini, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Lyonel Feininger, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, and Thomas Couture. After him are Konrad Witz, Bartholomeus Spranger, Bernardino Luini, Helene Schjerfbeck, Federico Barocci, and Melozzo da Forlì.

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Among people born in 1734, Joseph Wright of Derby ranks 7Before him are Franz Mesmer, Maria I of Portugal, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Taksin, François-Joseph Gossec, and Grigory Orlov. After him are Sophie of France, Cardinal de Rohan, Anna Göldi, Nicolas-Edme Rétif, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, and Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière. Among people deceased in 1797, Joseph Wright of Derby ranks 10Before him are Frederick William II of Prussia, François-Noël Babeuf, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, James Hutton, Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, and Vilna Gaon. After him are Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Lazare Hoche, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Horace Walpole, Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, and Pasquale Anfossi.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Wright of Derby ranks 765 out of 6,924Before him are Pete Townshend (1945), James Mill (1773), Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), Paul Grice (1913), Tim Roth (1961), and Arthur Cayley (1821). After him are Stanley Rous (1895), Guy Ritchie (1968), Anthony James Leggett (1938), Harold Lowe (1882), Pat Hitchcock (1928), and Daniel Rutherford (1749).

Among PAINTERS In United Kingdom

Among painters born in United Kingdom, Joseph Wright of Derby ranks 9Before him are Thomas Gainsborough (1727), John Everett Millais (1829), Joshua Reynolds (1723), William Hogarth (1697), Richard Hamilton (1922), and William Holman Hunt (1827). After him are Leonora Carrington (1917), Frederic Leighton (1830), John Tenniel (1820), Edmund Leighton (1852), Thomas Lawrence (1769), and John Martin (1789).