Lost and Found : Wright of Derby's View of Gibraltar Paperback
This title offers a fascinating look at the rediscovery of Derby's spectacular "View of Gibraltar".
In 1785, British painter Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) exhibited a large painting representing his country's defence of the Rock of Gibraltar against Spanish attack in 1782.
A specialist in the use of chiaroscuro, Wright hoped this would be the pinnacle of his career, and although it was purchased for a substantial sum at the time, it subsequently slipped into obscurity.
In 2001, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre acquired a painting representing the same theme which has since been the subject of intense debate: was this picture, now in poor condition, a copy of Wright's lost painting or the missing masterpiece itself?
This publication presents the result of eight years' research by specialists in conservation and archival/documentary science authenticating the painting and returning it to its proper place in the canon of British 18th century art.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 66 pages, 40 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Queen's University
- Publication Date: 01/10/2011
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9781553392583