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William Etty

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William Etty (10 March 1787 13 November 1849) was an English painter, best known for his paintings of nudes.
He was born at York. In accordance with the wishes of his father he served seven years of apprenticeship to a printer of Hull. He was, however, enabled to prosecute his studies in painting through the generosity of his uncle, William Etty, who in 1806 invited him to London. In 1807 he entered the Royal Academy School, studying under Henry Fuseli, and he also studied privately for a year under Sir Thomas Lawrence, whose influence for some time dominated his art.
He copied a great deal from the old masters in the National Gallery and was a constant student in the Life School of the Academy, even after he had become an Academician. He paid a brief visit to Paris and Florence in 1816, and in 1822 he took a longer journey to Italy, spending most of his time in Venice. From his studies of the Venetian masters he acquired that excellence in colour for which his works are chiefly known.
His works are exhibited extensively in major British galleries. On his return to England in 1824, his "Pandora Crowned by the Seasons" was much applauded, and he was made a member of the National Academy in 1828. From this time he was very successful and attained a good competence. He resided in London until 1848, but on account of failing health he retired to York, where he died.

Etty painted very unequally. His work at its best possesses great charm of colour, especially in the glowing, but thoroughly realistic, flesh tints. The composition is good, but his drawing is sometimes faulty, and his work usually lacks life and originality. He often endeavoured to inculcate moral lessons by his pictures. He himself considered his best works to be "The Combat," the three "Judith" pictures, "Beniah, David's Chief Captain" (all in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, "Ulysses and the Sirens" (Manchester Gallery), and the three pictures of Joan of Arc. He is also represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in English provincial museums; the Metropolitan Museum, New York owns his "The Three Graces," considered by many his masterpiece.

"The Combat" was a large painting, over 10 feet in height and 13 feet in breadth. No buyer would purchase it until Etty's fellow painter John Martin acquired it for ₤300. Hung in Martin's studio, it was seen there by Lord Darnley, who then commissioned Etty to paint his "The Judgement of Paris."

A statue of Etty, erected in 1911, stands in front of the York Art Gallery in his home town. Yet "He remains a neglected and underrated artist, one of the few nineteenth-century painters to paint classical subjects successfully." Etty had only one English follower in the practice of painting the nude, in William Edward Frost.

William Etty the painter should not be confused with William Etty the architect (c. 1675 - 1734); the latter was the architect of Holy Trinity Church in Sunderland (1719) and many other churches.

 

 

 


Hero and Leander

 


The Golden Age

 


The Judgement of Paris c 1825

 


Britomart Redeems Faire Amoret

 


The Parting of Hero and Leander

 


Miss Mary Arabella Jay
 

 


Youth on the Prow, and Pleasure at the Helm  

 


Candaules, King of Lydia, Shews his Wife by Stealth to Gyges, One of his Ministers, as She Goes to Bed

 


The Dangerous Playmate
 

 


Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection
 

 


Female Bathers Surprised by a Swan

 


The Fairy of the Fountain
 

 


Musidora: The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'

 


The Saviour or the Disciple  

 


Aaron The High Priest

 


Self Portrait
1845

 


Daydreams

 


The Combat: Woman Pleading for the Vanquished

 


Two Girls Bathing

 


The Storm, 1830

 


The penitent Magdalen

 


The Repentant Prodigal's Return to his Father

 


Venus, Cupid and Psyche

 


Cupid and Psyche

 


Four Girls by a Stream

 


Friends

 


Window in Venice, during a Festa

 


Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection

 


Pandora Crowned by the Seasons

 


The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

 


The Sirens and Ulysses

 


Andromeda and Perseus

 


Venus and her Doves

 


Self-Portrait

 


The World Before the Flood

 


The Duet

 


Venus and Cupid

 


Bacchante Playing the Tambourine

 

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