A Philosopher giving a lecture on the Orrery. From the Original Picture painted by Mr Joseph Wright. In the Collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Ferrers.

Publisher Information: May 20, 1768.

Wright, Joseph, of Derby (1734-97). A philosopher giving a lecture on the orrery. From the original picture painted by Mr Joseph Wright. In the collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Ferrers. Mezzotint, with engraving, by William Pether after Wright; framed. N.p., 20 May 1768. 480 x 585 mm. Minor repair in the center of the lower margin at the imprint, but very good.

Clayton state IV. This copy is from the collection of the Honorable Christopher Lennox-Boyd (1941-2012; Judy Egerton, author of the authoritative Wright of Derby (1990), used Lennox-Boyd’s collection as a source for her book’s bibliography of states of Wright’s prints.

Wright’s famous painting, depicting a lecturer demonstrating a mechanical model of the solar system to a small audience, broke with tradition in making science its focus rather than religion or classical mythology. Wright, an artist associated with the British Enlightenment, has been called the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution.

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