Joseph Wright of Derby's The Lady in Milton's Comus

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Title: Joseph Wright of Derby's The Lady in Milton's Comus
Author: Horalek, David Brent, 1978-
Abstract: In 1785, Joseph Wright of Derby held a private exhibition in which he showed The Lady in Milton's Comus along with three other paintings of virtuous women. This painting not only embodies the spirit and style of Wright's oeuvre but also reflects the variety of influences upon his art and demonstrates his interest in literary subjects. It provides a window into both the career of Wright and the sentimental mindset of his late eighteenth century audience. This thesis will situate Wright's painting within the context of the many literary and artistic ideas in circulation during this period. The influence of the gothic, the sublime, moral philosophy, and sensibility on Wright's painting will be evaluated in addition to exploring the work as a literary subject.
Description: vi, 92 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2008-09

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