Joseph Wright of Derby
Self-portrait aged 59 in a grey-brown coat, c. 1793
British and Sporting Art
John Holland of Ford Hall, Derbyshire (1734 – 1807) by whom left in a life interest to his widow and then in trust to the heirs of his relation Joseph Bilbie; and by descent to
His daughter and sole heiress Mary Anne Bilbie (d. 31st July 1877), who married 1st March 1832 Francis Hall, Esq. of Park Hall (co. Nottingham); and by descent to
Her nephew Francis Hall (1856 – 1928) son of her husband’s younger brother, Geoffrey Brock Hall (Park Hall 1807 – 1886 Guelph, Canada); and by descent to
Flora Caroline Hall (nee Hamilton, 1865 – 1939);
Her Estate Sale, being the contents of Rivers Lea, Guelph, Ontario; Ward-Price & Co, Toronto, 23-28 September 1946, lot 718 (Self-Portrait).
Private Canadian collection, acquired from the above sale.
Sold at auction in Toronto, Canada, circa 1980.
Private Collector, lately of Guernsey, acquired at the above sale.
W. Bemrose, The Life and Works of Joseph Wright A.R.A., commonly called Wright of Derby, 1885 (a variant of the Self-portrait engraved and reproduced as the frontispiece of the book).
B. Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light, 1968, Self-portrait pp. 22, 134-35, 172 and no. 172, p. 230 (Self-portrait; as untraced, the composition recorded from a copy as fig. 9).
J. Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760 – 1790, London, 2004, pp. 496-97, under no. 4090 (Self-Portrait circa 1785).
E. Barker, ‘Documents relating to Joseph Wright of Derby (1734 – 1797)’, Walpole Society Journal, LXXI, 2009, p. 147, no. 119 (letter to John Holland from Joseph Wright dated 3rd April 1794).