Rediscovered Joseph Wright of Derby self-portrait goes on display

By Maev Kennedy

Painting attributed to follower of Joshua Reynolds revealed as missing work by renowned British artist

A quiet painting of a reflective man in a modest brown coat has been newly identified as a lost self-portrait by Joseph Wright of Derby – better known for dramatic scenes lit by candle or moonlight or the glare of an erupting volcano.

“It's a very honest portrait, very much the kind of picture you might give to a friend,” said Archie Parker, the art dealer who recognised Wright immediately, wrongly catalogued as by a follower of Joshua Reynolds, and then spent months trying to prove it.

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