Portrait of Erasmus Darwin fetches £200,000 at auction

Jospeh Wright's painting of Erasmus Darwin. Pic: Sotheby's

Jospeh Wright's painting of Erasmus Darwin. Pic: Sotheby's

A portrait of one of Lichfield’s most famous sons has sold for more than £200,000.

The painting of Erasmus Darwin fetched £205,250 with buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s in London.

The portrait, by Darwin’s friend Joseph Wright, was completed in 1770. Two other paintings by the same artist in the sale went for £67,250.

No details have been released about the buyer, but Lichfield’s Erasmus Darwin House told The Lichfield Blog that they feared interest in the painting – which had a guide price of £100,000-£150,000 – would end up going abroad.

Alison Wallis, the centre’s curator, said the museum had been priced out of the bidding:

“Chances are it will end up leaving the country which will be very sad for the museum.”

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