Perhaps to enhance his reputation, Joseph Wright journeyed to Rome, where from 1773 to 1775 he studied antique sculpture and Renaissance painting. After his return to England he continued to paint candlelit subjects, for which he was most famous, as well as portraits, history paintings, and landscapes, including scenes from Italy. Wright of Derby’s mature landscapes demonstrate his romantic vision of nature and his interest in the effects of light. In this Italian scene, the golden evening sun illuminates the trees and mountainside, while a deep shadow envelops the foreground at right.


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Artist
Joseph Wright of Derby, English, 1734–1797
Title
Italian Landscape with Mountains and a River
Date
c. 1790
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Image: 20 1/2 × 30 1/2 in. (52.1 × 77.5 cm)
Credit Line

Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
218 BLAFFER GALLERIES
Accession Number
BF.1985.1
Classification
Painting
Provenance

[Sotheby’s, London, July 19, 1978, no. 87]; purchased by [Spink & Son, London, 1978]; private collection, Great Britain, 1980; [Leger Galleries, London]; purchased by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, 1985.