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Self Portrait in Van Dyck Costume
Photo credit: Derby Museums

Self Portrait in Van Dyck Costume c.1753–1754

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797)

Derby Museums

(Born Derby, 3 September 1734; died Derby, 29 August 1797). English painter, active mainly in his native town and generally known as ‘Wright of Derby’. He was one of the most original, versatile, and accomplished British artists of the 18th century and the first major English painter whose career was based outside London. In 1751–3 and again in 1756–7 he trained under Hudson in London, and after returning to Derby he made a name as a portraitist in the Midlands, his works displaying fluent composition and a firm grasp of character.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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