Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight

A work made of mezzotint in black on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of mezzotint in black on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1769

Artist:

William Pether (English, 1731/38-1821)
after Joseph Wright of Derby (English, 1734-1797)

About this artwork

Before Valentine Green and Richard Earlom, William Pether created major mezzotints from several of the 14 paintings Joseph Wright of Derby exhibited in London between 1765 and 1772. Many of these were “candlelight pictures,” a genre exceedingly well suited to mezzotint tones. Yet Pether waited for a successful review of the 1766 painting for A Philosopher Giving a Lecture on the Orrery before he began the laborious mezzotint process, completing it only in 1768. The print sold so well that Valentine Green saw a lucrative opportunity and absconded with the mezzotint commission that could have been Pether’s for Experiment on the Air Pump.

Currently Off View

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Pether

Title

Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight

Origin

England

Date

1769

Medium

Mezzotint in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

482 × 555 mm (image/plate); 489 × 565 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams, William McCallin McKee Memorial and Print and Drawing Anonymous Funds

Reference Number

1995.31

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share