Chantry Fine Art Collection
Subject: Portrait of a Lady of the Hopwood Family
Artist: Joseph Wright of Derby (Circle)
Provenance: Signed and Dated
Details: A fine and striking portrait thought to be Mrs Judith Gregge-
It has been attributed to an artist close to Joesph Wright of Derby and is in very fine condition.
Although the subject’s identity is not certain, a 19th century repository label on the back of the original frame lists’ the name Hopwood.
They were an ancient and influential Lancashire family with their family seat at Hopwood Hall, Middleton, Lancaster.
They could well afford a portrait by a noted artist.
The earliest listed Hopwood was Alain de Hopwood in 1380. The direct line became extinct with the death of a Dr. Hopwood in 1820, but the Hall passed eventually to his cousin Edward Gregge (c1740-
In 1773 Edward married Judith Sunderland (c1740-
The portrait dates from c1775-
Joseph Wright of Derby was one of the most important provincial portrait painters of the 18th century.
He trained under Thomas Hudson in London but instead of practicing there set up in the provinces, mostly in Derby, but for a short while in Liverpool (1768-
This striking and fine portrait clearly by a good hand has many of Wright’s characteristics but without clear provenance and no mention in Wright’s list of sitters, cannot be attributed to him.
It has, however, been attributed by Messrs Christie’s to his circle.
From its style it can be dated to circa 1775-
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