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Picture of Joseph Wright, Esq. Painter and Gentleman

Joseph Wright, Esq. Painter and Gentleman

Author(s): Andrew Graciano

Book Description

Andrew Graciano’s thorough study is a re-evaluation of Joseph Wright’s career and social status that demonstrates how his later landscapes, portraits and historical pictures are connected to a broader historical context, including contemporary science, industry and economics. In doing so, Graciano reinforces the idea that Wright was an intellectual painter, very much engaged with current ideas in these realms, as well as a gentleman of means beyond his artistic income, which gave him a social standing that has often been ignored by previous scholars.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3914-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3914-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2012
Pages / Size: 170 / A5
Price: £34.99


Andrew Graciano is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina. He has published articles on Joseph Wright in the Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte and the Huntington Library Quarterly. His edited volume Visualising the Unseen, Imagining the Unknown, Perfecting the Natural: Art and Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries was also published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008. He has most recently published “The Memoir of Benjamin Wilson, FRS (1721–1788), Painter and Electrical Scientist” in the 74th Volume of the Walpole Society (2012).