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Joseph Wright of Derby and the Sublime Art of Labor

David H. Solkin
Representations
Vol. 83, No. 1 (Summer 2003), pp. 167-194
DOI: 10.1525/rep.2003.83.1.167
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/rep.2003.83.1.167
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Abstract

This essay examines the five paintings of blacksmiths' shops and iron forges that Joseph Wright of Derby completed and exhibited between 1771 and 1773. It locates these works in the history of eighteenth-century British attitudes to labor and uncovers the role they played in the "forging" of Wright's artistic identity at a crucial turning point in his career. / Representations 83. Summer 2003 q The Regents

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