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Known as ‘Wright of Derby’
The bamboo stick with an old label in ink ‘Wright’s Maul stick’
Old smooth patina
Sold with an exhibition catalogue of paintings by Joseph Wright shown at the Derby Corporation Art Gallery in 1883 in which this Mahlstick was exhibited together with the artists sketchbooks, palette and other objects. The catalogue having been in the collection of William Bemrose
Size: 92cm long – 36¼ ins long
By Bemrose family descent; William Bemrose was married to the Great Granddaughter of Joseph Wright. He was a leading member of Derby Society and well-known printer in addition to being a discerning collector and patron of the arts.
He bequeathed the majority of his paintings including a collection of works by Joseph Wright to the Derby Museum
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 11, item no. 61, for a scarf ring once belonging to Joseph Wright with the same provenance
Joseph Wright was an English painter, born and principally active in Derby 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. His fascination with painting unusual lighting effects culminated in his famous depiction of the 18th century scientific world ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ painted in 1768 which was later described by Sir Ellis Waterhouse as ‘one of the wholly original masterpieces of British Art’.