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Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A (Derby 1734-1797)
Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A (Derby 1734-1797)

Head study of a bearded man

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Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A (Derby 1734-1797)
Head study of a bearded man
oil on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 19 June 1970, lot 8, as 'Benjamin West' (70 gns.)

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Lot Essay

Whilst the model for this head study is not known for certain, his characterful appearance is not too distant from that of John Staveley, who sat to Wright of Derby on a number of occasions and features in works including The Captive, from Sterne (Vancouver Art Gallery; on permanent loan to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). Character studies of this type, taken from life, were frequently practised by both Wright and Sir Joshua Reynolds. The present lot would appear to date to circa 1770-80.

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