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Happy Birthday Joseph

4 September 2006 by Sam


18th century artist Joseph Wright of Derby was born on 3 September 1734 and died in 1797, a few days short of his 63rd birthday. By my calculations that makes yesterday his 272nd birthday.

Now I’ve never seen what would happen if you put 272 candles on a birthday cake but the scene could end up looking like this painting, ‘The Annual Girandola at the Castel Sant’ Angelo, Rome’ by Wright of Derby himself, from the Walker Art Gallery’s collections.

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