Three Children of Richard Arkwright with a Goat

Three Children of Richard Arkwright with a Goat

– Joseph Wright of Derby painted portraits of intellectuals, industrialists and other wealthy clients. He had close contact with pioneering industrialists of the Midlands, and one of his patrons was Sir Richard Arkwright Sr., the grandfather of the children in the painting. He was credited as the creator of the factory system in the cotton industry.
– This portrait represents not only Richard Arkwright’s love and care for his children but also his hopes and aspirations for them.


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The children in the painting are three of eleven children of Richard Arkwright Junior, a businessman who ran a cotton spinning mill in the 18th century.  Charles is really enjoying his ride on the back of the goat while his brother John supports him and his sister Elizabeth holds on to the goat’s horns.  Their grandfather, Sir Richard Arkwright Sr., was an inventor and a wealthy entrepreneur.  The painting is on loan from a private collector to the Tate Gallery in London.

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