A N Wilson

Wednesday 26 March, 7.30pm
Ticket £10 / £8 Tel 01225 388569
Wedgwood and the Enlightenment
A N Wilson

A N Wilson discusses Josiah Wedgwood's creative and technological achievement and places it within the context of the Enlightenment. Wedgwood's colleague Bentley introduced him to the thought of the Encyclopoedists, while his friend Priestley was in the vanguard of chemical research. When he commissioned Stubbs to paint his family, he originally stipulated the very "Wright of Derby"ish subject - the Wedgwood boys conducting a chemical experiment. Wright subsequently painted Mrs Wedgwood as Penelope unravelling her web.

Wedgwood, who became a Fellow of the Royal Society, was always fascinated by ideas as well as by money and much of his neoclassicism stemmed from his political and aesthetic engagement with the unearthing, at Pompeii and Herculaneum, not only of beautiful vases, but of a republican civilization which could be reproduced in England.

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