Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Joseph Wright Study Room

Derby Museums Trust cares for the largest collection of oil paintings and drawings by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) anywhere in the world. The Study Room is the place where everyone can access the entire collection which includes over 300 drawings and sketches, more than 50 engravings, letters and a large library of related books.

There is no need to book, you can just drop in. If you want to look at something in particular, or are visiting as a group, then it is advised that you call in advance.

What can I see?

The drawings and prints are stored in specially designed drawers allowing over 100 to be viewed close up. Discover Joseph Wright’s earliest known drawings when aged 15-16 years old, studies for his portraits, sketches from Italy and preparatory drawings for some of his finest paintings such as ‘The Alchymist’. These are presented alongside beautiful clocks and scientific instruments by his friend, John Whitehurst (1713-1788).

What can I do?

The curator of the study room is available to help and assist your enquiries. At other times you may meet one of our volunteers, helping us achieve what we do and developing their own museums experience. We provide a workspace to sit and study with access to the reference library and Wi-Fi. We also have regularly changing displays, guided tours and talks.

What can I learn?

The study room is dedicated to the life and work of Joseph Wright, and the collections offer a rare insight into 18th century Derbyshire, during what is termed the ‘Age of Enlightenment’. You may also wish to enquire about other artist’s work we hold in our fine art collection, which is especially useful to students, historians and genealogists.

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Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
Plan your visitto Museum and Art Gallery
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