3 September 1734, "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution" Joseph Wright was born in Derby.
“So in some Engine, that denies a Vent,
If unrespiring is some Creature pent,
It sickens, droops, and pants, and gasps for Breath,
Sad o'er the Sight swim shad'wy Mists of Death;
If then kind Air pours powerful in again.
New Heats, new Pulses quicken ev'ry Vein;
From the clear'd, lifted, life-rekindled Eye,
Dispers'd, the dark and dampy Vapours fly.“ (Robert Savage, “The Wanderer”, 1729)
|Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 - 1797):“Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump“ (1768)|
|Joseph Wright of Derby: "A Philosopher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a lamp is put in place of the Sun" (1766)|
|Joseph Wright of Derby: "Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight" (1770)|
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