Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool

Dramatically lit studio with five male artists studying a female model

17 November 2007 - 24 February 2008

This major exhibition explored the three years Joseph Wright of Derby spent in Liverpool at the start of the town's cultural Renaissance and growing status as a major world port.

During his time in Liverpool, between 1768 and 1771, Wright was remarkably productive painting not only portraits but his trademark Candlelight works. His account book, on display at the exhibition, lists many of the paintings he produced. Wright's visit transformed Liverpool from an artistic backwater, into a place where art patrons felt confident and proud of their taste.

The exhibition was organised jointly by the Walker Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT, USA|, where it was shown 22 May - 30 August 2008.  

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