- Joseph Wright of Derby, English, 1734-1797
Joseph Wright of Derby
Elizabeth, Mrs. John Bostock, about 1769
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.1
Joseph Wright (“of Derby” denotes the English city where he passed most of his working life) spent two years in Liverpool painting portraits of middle-class families made wealthy from the city’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Elizabeth Bostock belonged to one such family. Wright’s portrait of her is one of five he painted of members of her family, which were fitted into the paneling of the dining room of her brother’s estate, Woolton Hall.