Joseph Wright’s teacher, wearing the very costume. The popular portrait was engraved and published in 1757, leading to a number of society ladies being depicted in the same manner in works such as this one.
Joseph Wright made his mark on portraiture by refusing to idealise the features of his sitters, and instead exploiting the visually seductive effects of light playing on drapery. He exhibited a powerful directness in his portraits of industrialists like Sir Richard Arkwright. Wright was one of the most original and talented artists of his generation and his work has been appreciated continuously since its creation. Never previously exhibited publicly, this portrait is a recent and exciting discovery. It comes to the private market by direct descent through the Arkwright family.
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