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Wright of Derby - Reverend Seward, Canon of Lichfield J970162

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Filename: J970162.jpg

Size: 3809 x 4589 (16.1MB)

Date: 4th January 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Wright of Derby - Reverend Seward, Canon of Lichfield J970162

DOWN HOUSE, Kent. " Reverend Seward, Canon of Lichfield" (1708-1790) by Joseph WRIGHT OF DERBY (1734-97). Thomas Seward was part of the Lichfield intellectual circle that included Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Johnson and Anna Seward

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print showcases a remarkable painting by Joseph Wright of Derby titled "Reverend Seward, Canon of Lichfield". The subject of this exquisite artwork is Thomas Seward, an esteemed member of the Lichfield intellectual circle during the Georgian era. Known for his association with prominent figures such as Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Johnson, and Anna Seward, Reverend Seward was a man deeply immersed in the world of intellect and creativity. The portrait captures Reverend Seward in all his dignified glory. His expression exudes wisdom and contemplation, reflecting his role as a respected clergyman. The artist's meticulous attention to detail is evident in every brushstroke - from the intricate folds of Reverend Seward's clerical robes to the subtle play of light on his face. Wright of Derby masterfully brings out the essence of this influential figure through his use of chiaroscuro technique. The interplay between light and shadow adds depth and dimension to the composition, lending an air of mystery to Reverend Seward's persona. This print not only serves as a visual delight but also offers us a glimpse into an important period in history when great minds converged in pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment. It reminds us that art has always been intertwined with intellectual pursuits, capturing both individual personalities and broader cultural movements. Preserved by Historic England Photo Library, this image allows us to appreciate Joseph Wright's artistic prowess while shedding light on one man's significant contribution to society during the 18

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