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An enlightened experiment
Joseph Wright hailed from Derby, a city at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. What can we learn from 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' about this advancing time and how does this painting represent the Enlightenment that was taking plac...
Born in 1747, Thomas Coltman inherited Hagnaby Priory, near East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, in 1768. He and his wife Mary Barlow are portrayed here probably a year or so after their marriage in October 1789. The couple can also be seen in Wright’s great painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pu...