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Painter, b. 1787 - d. 1849

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          • Attrib. William Etty oil Sheepish Young Girl
            Jun. 08, 2024

            Attrib. William Etty oil Sheepish Young Girl

            Est: $400 - $800

            Etty, Attributed to William (English, 1787-1849), Portrait of a Sheepish Young Girl, oil on canvas, 11 x 9 inches, (oval format),framed in a gilded wood frame measuring 19 x 16 inches, Provenance: Graham Shearing Collection, Pittsburgh Pa.

            Concept Art Gallery
          • Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849) after Titian
            Mar. 20, 2024

            Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849) after Titian

            Est: £700 - £1,000

            Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849) after Titian The figure of Bacchus from Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne oil on canvas 76 x 55cm Provenance: Consigned by the granddaughter of the artist Warren Williams (1863-1941) This work derives from Titian's famous picture in The National Gallery, London. The original entered the collection in 1826, thenceforth being easily available to both the general public and copyists. Etty certainly knew and admired the work and his posthumous studio sale at Christie’s, 6-14th May 1850, included, as lot 631, a copy by him catalogued as 'Bacchus and Ariadne, after Titian’. In the late 1820s, the likely date of the present work, Etty was particularly interested in Bacchanalian subjects and greatly inspired by the prototypes of both Titian and Poussin. Around 1827, he himself acquired, from Lord Northwick, a copy of Titian’s Bacchanal of the Andrians which became one of his prized possessions. We are grateful to Richard Green for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

            Cheffins
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Reclining nude
            Mar. 13, 2024

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Reclining nude

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Reclining nude oil on panel 34 x 40cm (13 3/8 x 15 3/4in). ~For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • WILLIAM ETTY FEMALE NUDE
            Feb. 09, 2024

            WILLIAM ETTY FEMALE NUDE

            Est: $100 - $150

            William Etty (1787-1849, UK) framed and matted standing pencil and grey wash of a standing female nude with a Fry Gallery London label verso. 7.75" x 4.5" ss / 15.5" x 11.5" oa

            Wiederseim Associates, Inc.
          • WILLIAM ETTY (BRITISH 1787-1849), PORTRAIT OF THE ACTOR WILLIAM CHARLES MACREADY
            Jan. 31, 2024

            WILLIAM ETTY (BRITISH 1787-1849), PORTRAIT OF THE ACTOR WILLIAM CHARLES MACREADY

            Est: £5,000 - £7,000

            WILLIAM ETTY (BRITISH 1787-1849)PORTRAIT OF THE ACTOR WILLIAM CHARLES MACREADY APPARENTLY IN THE ROLE OF HAMLETOil on canvas93 x 70cm (36½ x 27½ in.)This portrait depicts the actor and theatre manager, William Charles Macready (1793-1873), known for his Shakespearian roles. Macready played Hamlet on numerous occasions during his successful and lengthy career, first performing the role in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1811, when he was just eighteen years old. It was also in Newcastle that he appeared opposite Mrs. Siddons (lot 131) when the latter offered him some parting words of advice: 'You are in the right way, but remember what I say: study, study and do not marry till you are thirty). He took on the by now established role of Hamlet again in Bath in 1814, and made his London debut at Covent Garden theatre as Hamlet in 1821. He was later to reprise the role in Paris to great acclaim in 1827 and 1844. Macready was famously hissed by his American counterpart, Edwin Forrest, whilst playing the protagonist in Edinburgh. This sparked a rivalry which came to emblematise Anglo-American social and class tensions that climaxed in the explosive 'Macready Riots' of 1849 at Astor Place, New York. Given the centrality of Macready's Hamlet to the international controversy, it was natural that the actor should want to portray himself confidently embodying the role. He had himself previously engraved as Hamlet for popular dissemination, as well as being painted by Daniel Maclise and William Etty and in his diary he recorded visiting Etty's studio where he was 'delighted with his gorgeous colours and ravishing forms'. William Etty (1787-1849) was the only important British painter before the 20th century to have dedicated his career to painting the nude and semi-nude. He was successful during his lifetime despite the censure of the press who accused him of indecency. His reputation was such that he was elected an associate of The Royal Academy (ARA) in 1824 and a full academician (RA) in 1828. He held a one-man exhibition at the Society of Arts in 1849, where he exhibited 133 of his pictures. Macready and Etty met when travelling in Italy in the 1820s and remained close friends after this chance encounter. Correspondence between the pair, now held in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., includes letters from Etty to Macready dated 1838-1843 congratulating him on his performances in King Lear, Comus and Much Ado About Nothing.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • Etty (William, 1787-1849). Reclining Female Nude, oil on champfered wood panel
            Oct. 18, 2023

            Etty (William, 1787-1849). Reclining Female Nude, oil on champfered wood panel

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            Etty (William, 1787-1849). Reclining Female Nude, oil on champfered wood panel * Etty (William, 1787-1849). Reclining Female Nude, oil on champfered wood panel, 127 x 295 mm (5 x 11 3/4 ins), old gilt moulded frame with name plaque to lower edge, old auction stencils to verso 304 BJ and 709 HC, (36 x 53 cm overall) QTY: (1)

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • WILLIAM ETTY (1787-1849) Portrait of Joseph Hardcastle and his wife Ann, both seated, half-length A pair, Oils on canvas, 90 x 70cm With label verso Joseph Hardcastle (1752 - 1819) was the first treasurer of the London Bible Society.
            Oct. 10, 2023

            WILLIAM ETTY (1787-1849) Portrait of Joseph Hardcastle and his wife Ann, both seated, half-length A pair, Oils on canvas, 90 x 70cm With label verso Joseph Hardcastle (1752 - 1819) was the first treasurer of the London Bible Society.

            Est: €4,000 - €6,000

            WILLIAM ETTY (1787-1849) Portrait of Joseph Hardcastle and his wife Ann, both seated, half-length A pair, Oils on canvas, 90 x 70cm With label verso Joseph Hardcastle (1752 - 1819) was the first treasurer of the London Bible Society.

            Adam's
          • W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas, 40 x 34.5 cm
            Sep. 13, 2023

            W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas, 40 x 34.5 cm

            Est: £200 - £300

            W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas, 40 x 34.5 cm

            Andrew Smith & Son
          • ETTY William (British 1787-1849), Nude Study, Oil on Board, 63x49cm
            Aug. 20, 2023

            ETTY William (British 1787-1849), Nude Study, Oil on Board, 63x49cm

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            ETTY, William (British 1787-1849) Nude Study Unsigned. Labels and inscriptions verso detailing provenance. Oil on Board 63x49cm PROVENANCE: Whitworth (possibly J Whitworth); Robert R Endicott; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut (bequeathed by the above); Mark Murray Fine Paintings, New York 2001 (acquired from the above); private collection, Queensland.

            Davidson Auctions
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Andromeda
            Jul. 05, 2023

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Andromeda

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Andromeda bears inscription 'Andromeda/W.Etty. R.A.' (on artist's label attached to the stretcher) oil on canvas 56.5 x 28cm (22 1/4 x 11in).

            Bonhams
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude
            Jul. 05, 2023

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude oil on canvas 61 x 40.6cm (24 x 16in).

            Bonhams
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) The artist's model
            Jul. 05, 2023

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) The artist's model

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) The artist's model oil on paper laid to board 66 x 49.5cm (26 x 19 1/2in).

            Bonhams
          • William Etty, RA (1787-1849)
            Jun. 28, 2023

            William Etty, RA (1787-1849)

            Est: £700 - £1,000

            William Etty, RA (1787-1849) The Wrestlers (recto), and a study of a man with a staff (verso) signed in monogram (to the reverse) oil on millboard 48.5 x 39cm Provenance: Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, London; Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 25th January 1980, lot 332, when acquired by Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), By descent to his son, Christopher Forbes (1951-), His Sale, Christie's, London, The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art, 19th-20th February 2003, session III, lot 309, when acquired by the late Barry Lock (1934-2021) Etty produced several life studies of men wrestling throughout his life. A larger version of the present composition, also on millboard (68.6 x 53.5cm) which Dennis Farr dates to circa 1840, is in the York Art Gallery (see Dennis Farr, William Etty, London, 1958, p. 163, no. 138). Farr also records another version of this subject on millboard (51 x 40cm) with a study of a male nude on verso, which was in 1958 in the collection of 'John Woodward Esq., Birmingham' and may be possibly identified with the present picture (ibid, no. 136). Framed 58 x 49cm

            Cheffins
          • W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas
            Jun. 14, 2023

            W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas

            Est: £200 - £300

            W Etty (1787-1849) attrib - The Bathers, oil on canvas, 40 x 34.5 cm

            Andrew Smith & Son
          • William Etty (BRITISH, 1787–1849) oil on canvas, portrait of nude woman, 15 1/2" x 11 1/2" sight, 21 1/4" x 17 1/2" overall
            May. 02, 2023

            William Etty (BRITISH, 1787–1849) oil on canvas, portrait of nude woman, 15 1/2" x 11 1/2" sight, 21 1/4" x 17 1/2" overall

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            William Etty (BRITISH, 1787–1849) oil on canvas, portrait of nude woman, 15 1/2" x 11 1/2" sight, 21 1/4" x 17 1/2" overall

            Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
          • WILLIAM ETTY, RA,  BRITISH 1787-1849-  A WOODED LANDSCAPE AT SUNSET;  OIL ON BOARD, SIGNED 'W ETTY
            Mar. 29, 2023

            WILLIAM ETTY, RA,  BRITISH 1787-1849-  A WOODED LANDSCAPE AT SUNSET;  OIL ON BOARD, SIGNED 'W ETTY

            Est: £500 - £700

            William Etty, RA,  British 1787-1849-  A wooded landscape at sunset;  oil on board, signed 'W Etty RA' on the reverse, 26.8 x 46.8 cm.  Provenance:  Mervyn Levy (1914-1946), Welsh artist, art teacher and writer (according to an old inscription on the reverse of the frame).  Joe Fitton Esq, Great Howarth House, Wardle Road, Rochdale, Lancashire (according to an old label on the backing board).  Private Collection, UK. 

            Roseberys
          • ETTY William (British 1787-1849), Nude Study, Oil on Board, 63x49cm
            Mar. 19, 2023

            ETTY William (British 1787-1849), Nude Study, Oil on Board, 63x49cm

            Est: $1,500 - $3,000

            ETTY, William (British 1787-1849) Nude Study Unsigned. Labels and inscriptions verso detailing provenance. Oil on Board 63x49cm PROVENANCE: Whitworth (possibly J Whitworth); Robert R Endicott; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut (bequeathed by the above); Mark Murray Fine Paintings, New York 2001 (acquired from the above); private collection, Queensland.

            Davidson Auctions
          • William Etty (British, 1787-1849), "Academic Seated Male Nude," charcoal on paper, signed lower left, presented on a paper mat, unfr...
            Mar. 18, 2023

            William Etty (British, 1787-1849), "Academic Seated Male Nude," charcoal on paper, signed lower left, presented on a paper mat, unfr...

            Est: $400 - $800

            William Etty (British, 1787-1849), "Academic Seated Male Nude," charcoal on paper, signed lower left, presented on a paper mat, unframed, with an inscription en verso, H.- 16 1/2 in., W.- 11 5/8 in., Mat- H.- 21 1/8 in., W.- 16 1/4 in.

            Crescent City Auction Gallery
          • Attributed to William Etty (British, 1787-1849), Study for male nude, oil on paper, 22 x 14 1/4in (56 x 36cm)
            Feb. 22, 2023

            Attributed to William Etty (British, 1787-1849), Study for male nude, oil on paper, 22 x 14 1/4in (56 x 36cm)

            Est: $600 - $800

            Attributed to William Etty (British, 1787-1849) Study for male nude oil on paper

            Andrew Jones Auctions
          • ETTY WILLIAM (1787 - 1849) Attributed to. A female nude
            Feb. 21, 2023

            ETTY WILLIAM (1787 - 1849) Attributed to. A female nude

            Est: €1,500 - €2,500

            ETTY WILLIAM (1787 - 1849). Attributed to. A female nude. Cm 48,50 x 62,00.

            Capitolium Art
          • William Etty (1787-1849)Study
            Jan. 25, 2023

            William Etty (1787-1849)Study

            Est: €50 - €70

            William Etty (1787-1849) Study Pen on paper with inscription Signed and dated 1847 17,5x9 cm

            Veritas Art Auctioneers
          • WILLIAM ETTY PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY OIL PAINTIN
            Jan. 18, 2023

            WILLIAM ETTY PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY OIL PAINTIN

            Est: $2,000 - $4,000

            William Etty (British 1787-1849) Portrait of a young maiden, oil on wood panel. No visible signature, labels on back from Art Institute of Chicago and Christie's, mounted in original period frame. Frame: 36" x 28.5" Image: 29.5" x 22"

            Kamelot Auctions
          • A female nude
            Dec. 20, 2022

            A female nude

            Est: €4,000 - €6,000

            Oil on canvas Label to back inscribed "London, J. Leger & Son/ January 1959, No.24"

            Veritas Art Auctioneers
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, study
            Dec. 14, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, study

            Est: £800 - £1,200

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, study Oil on board 43.7 x 29.3cm (17 3/16 x 11 9/16in).

            Bonhams
          • William Etty
            Dec. 04, 2022

            William Etty

            Est: €1,000 - €2,000

            (1787 York - 1849 ebenda) attr.; Sitzender weiblicher Akt In der freien Natur oder in einem Garten sitzt eine junge Frau auf ihren abgelegten Kleidern, wobei ihr heller Körper und ihr strahlend weißes Unterkleid durch eine geschickte Lichtführung herausgehoben werden. Das Gemälde mit seinem Charakter von großer Intimität gehört zu den kleineren Einzelfigurenkompositionen bzw. Studien, die Etty aufgrund des Motivs und Stils zugeschrieben werden können. Kaum ein anderer Maler in der britischen Kunstgeschichte hat sich so intensiv mit der Darstellung des menschlichen Körpers und insbesondere des weiblichen Akts befasst. Im prüden England des 19. Jhs. war dies außergewöhnlich, musste Begeisterung, aber auch kontroverse Kritiken auslösen. Öl/Holztafel. 36,7 cm x 24,2 cm. Attributed to William Etty (1787 - 1849). Oil on panel.

            Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
          • William Etty
            Dec. 04, 2022

            William Etty

            Est: €1,000 - €2,000

            (1787 York - 1849 ebenda) attr.; Stehender Rückenakt Kein anderer Künstler in der britischen Geschichte hat sich so eifrig und intensiv der Darstellung des menschlichen Körpers und insbesondere des weiblichen Akts verschrieben wie Etty, womit er - zumal im prüden England des 19. Jhs. - ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal hat. Ob in kleinen Einzelfigurenkompositionen wie dieser, akademischen Studien oder verklärt in großen, mythologischen und historischen Werken, die er an die Royal Academy und die Society of Arts schickte, stets steht die virtuose, üppige Schilderung nackten Fleisches im Mittelpunkt. Öl/Holztafel. 37 cm x 24,8 cm. Attributed to William Etty (1787 - 1849). Oil on panel.

            Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
          • WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young woman at Rest, 1828. Oil on canvas glued to panel. It has craquelure and restorations on the pictorial surface.
            Nov. 24, 2022

            WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young woman at Rest, 1828. Oil on canvas glued to panel. It has craquelure and restorations on the pictorial surface.

            Est: €4,000 - €5,000

            WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young woman at Rest, 1828. Oil on canvas glued to panel. It has craquelure and restorations on the pictorial surface. There are losses and damage to the frame. Signed and dated in the lower right area. Measurements: 57 x 78 cm; 75 x 96 cm (frame). No British painter of historical subjects has devoted himself to the representation of the human form as assiduously as William Etty, and in particular to the female nude. Among his contemporaries, who marvelled at the depth and corporeality of his figures, he was known and highly praised for his ability to capture the human form and reproduce flesh tones. Etty was born in York and left school at the age of twelve to work as an apprentice in a print shop. He completed his apprenticeship after seven years and moved to London, where in 1807 he began training at the Royal Academy under Thomas Lawrence. Despite the admiration of his contemporaries for his technical skill, such as his friend John Constable, Etty struggled to gain public recognition early in his career, and it was not until 1821, with the exhibition of Cleopatra's Arrival in Cilicia (National Museums Liverpool) at the Royal Academy, that he finally received the acclaim he craved. Critics marvelled at Cleopatra's "languid, exuberant beauty" and described the painting as belonging to the "highest class" of art. Etty followed this success by exhibiting a succession of important mythological works over the next few years, which established Etty as one of Britain's most important historical painters in the early 19th century. With the advent of the twentieth century, Etty's important contribution to British art had been almost entirely forgotten, and an Arts Council exhibition in 1954 sparked only a brief revival of interest. Today, however, unfettered by the dictates of 19th century artistic discourse and morality, we can appreciate the beauty of Etty's art for what it is. As explored in the recent exhibition "William Etty: Art & Controversy" at the York Art Gallery, Etty's art was the result of a lifetime of serious engagement with the traditions of European painting, dedication to the study of the pattern of life, and commitment to an independent artistic spirit.

            Setdart Auction House
          • Attributed to William Etty
            Nov. 11, 2022

            Attributed to William Etty

            Est: $600 - $900

            (British, 1787-1849) Male Nude Study, oil on paper, 13-5/8 x 16-7/8 in.; carved gilt wood frame, 17 x 19-3/4 in. Provenance: Estate of Ben Smith, Newnan, Georgia

            Brunk Auctions
          • William Etty (British, 1787-1849)
            Oct. 19, 2022

            William Etty (British, 1787-1849)

            Est: $500 - $700

            William Etty (British, 1787-1849) Cupid in a Shell on Waves, 1843 oil on panel signed Wm. Etty and dated Nov. 21 1843 to the reverse 7 3/4 x 10 7/8 inches. Property from the Estate of Michael L. Wilkie, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Christie's, New York, 1978 Michael L. Wilkie (1941-2021) was the owner of one of the most renowned penthouses in both Chicago and the nation. Recently offered for sale for the first time in nearly fifty years, the penthouse occupies the entire top floor and roof terrace of 1500 Lake Shore Drive, which was built in 1927 by celebrated architect Rosario Candela. Wilkie, who grew up in Long Grove, Illinois as well as Montecito, California, played a critical role in expanding his family business, the DoALL Company, which came to include over 70 companies around the globe. His father, Leighton A. Wilkie, founded DoALL and invented the metal-cutting bandsaw, one of the most widely used tools in manufacturing today. Michael Wilkie worked for and ran the business for 60 years. Photos courtesy of Andrew Miller and The Baines Group, Jameson | Sotheby's International Realty.

            Hindman
          • William Etty RA (1787-1849)
            Sep. 27, 2022

            William Etty RA (1787-1849)

            Est: £700 - £1,000

            William Etty RA (1787-1849) William Etty RA (1787-1849) A young girl with a dove oil on panel 35.5 x 26cm Condition Report: overall: 52.5 x 43cm

            Sworders
          • Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849)
            Sep. 27, 2022

            Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849)

            Est: £300 - £500

            Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849) Attributed to William Etty RA (1787-1849) A seated male nude oil on canvas 53 x 47.5cm, unframed

            Sworders
          • William Etty RA (1787-1849)
            Sep. 27, 2022

            William Etty RA (1787-1849)

            Est: £400 - £600

            William Etty RA (1787-1849) William Etty RA (1787-1849) A reclining female nude oil on card laid down on panel 51 x 51cm

            Sworders
          • Etty, William (1787 York/England 1849), att.
            Sep. 24, 2022

            Etty, William (1787 York/England 1849), att.

            Est: €300 - €360

            "Nymphs bathing", so verso auf Etikett betitelt und auf weiterem Etikett mit Prov. "THE PROPERTY OF THE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH, P.C., G.C.V.O.". Öl/Lwd. (doubliert). 76x 63 cm. Prunkrahmen (best./rep.), 19. Jh.

            Dannenberg
          • WILLIAM ETTY
            Sep. 23, 2022

            WILLIAM ETTY

            Est: CHF3,000 - CHF4,000

            WILLIAM ETTY (1787 York 1849) Female nude with a red scarf. Oil on panel. 45.2 × 31.2 cm. Provenance: Swiss private collection. We are grateful to Richard Green for confirming the authorship through photographs and for his scholarly assistance with the catalogue entry. --------------- WILLIAM ETTY (1787 York 1849) Weiblicher Akt mit rotem Schal. Öl auf Holz. 45,2 × 31,2 cm. Provenienz: Schweizer Privatbesitz. William Etty arbeitete bereits schon zu Zeiten seines Studiums sowie auch während seiner weiteren künstlerischen Laufbahn abends im Aktzeichensaal der Royal Academy, wo zahlreiche seiner Studien von Aktmodellen entstanden. In seinem Atelier wurden diese später mit Draperien, spezifischen Details und Hintergründen verfeinert, um schliesslich ein vollständiges und verkaufsfähiges Werk zu schaffen. Richard Green geht davon aus, dass unsere Darstellung ebenfalls in der Royal Academy entstanden sein dürfte und dann später im Atelier final überarbeitet wurde. Nicht selten wurden diese Ergänzungen auch von anderen Künstlern komplettiert. Der weibliche Akt mit rotem Schall nimmt eine für den Salon typische Pose ein, bei der ein Arm angehoben über dem Kopf schwebt. Die Dargestellte wird dabei durch eine kräftige helle Beleuchtung von oben charakteristisch in Szene gesetzt. Wir danken Richard Green für die Bestätigung der Autorschaft anhand von Fotografien und seine wissenschaftliche Unterstützung bei dem Katalogeintrag. ---------------

            Koller Auctions
          • WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young man at rest", 1828. Oil on canvas glued to board. It has cracking and restorations on the pictorial surface. It presents losses and damages in the frame.
            Sep. 22, 2022

            WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young man at rest", 1828. Oil on canvas glued to board. It has cracking and restorations on the pictorial surface. It presents losses and damages in the frame.

            Est: €4,000 - €5,000

            WILLIAM ETTY (York, Great Britain, 1787 - 1849). "Young Man at Rest, 1828. Oil on canvas glued to panel. It has craquelure and restorations on the pictorial surface. There are losses and damage to the frame. Signed and dated in the lower right area. Measurements: 57 x 78 cm; 75 x 96 cm (frame). No British painter of historical subjects has devoted himself to the representation of the human form as assiduously as William Etty, and in particular to the female nude. Among his contemporaries, who marvelled at the depth and corporeality of his figures, he was known and highly praised for his ability to capture the human form and reproduce flesh tones. Etty was born in York and left school at the age of twelve to work as an apprentice in a print shop. He completed his apprenticeship after seven years and moved to London, where in 1807 he began training at the Royal Academy under Thomas Lawrence. Despite the admiration of his contemporaries for his technical skill, such as his friend John Constable, Etty struggled to gain public recognition early in his career, and it was not until 1821, with the exhibition of Cleopatra's Arrival in Cilicia (National Museums Liverpool) at the Royal Academy, that he finally received the acclaim he craved. Critics marvelled at Cleopatra's "languid, exuberant beauty" and described the painting as belonging to the "highest class" of art. Etty followed this success by exhibiting a succession of important mythological works over the next few years, which established Etty as one of Britain's most important historical painters in the early 19th century. With the advent of the twentieth century, Etty's important contribution to British art had been almost entirely forgotten, and an Arts Council exhibition in 1954 sparked only a brief revival of interest. Today, however, unfettered by the dictates of 19th century artistic discourse and morality, we can appreciate the beauty of Etty's art for what it is. As explored in the recent exhibition "William Etty: Art & Controversy" at the York Art Gallery, Etty's art was the result of a lifetime of serious engagement with the traditions of European painting, dedication to the study of the pattern of life, and commitment to an independent artistic spirit.

            Setdart Auction House
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, seen from behind, leaning on a rock
            Sep. 21, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, seen from behind, leaning on a rock

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Female nude, seen from behind, leaning on a rock oil on board 61.5 x 44.5cm (24 3/16 x 17 1/2in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus and Cupid
            Sep. 21, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus and Cupid

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus and Cupid oil on canvas 70 x 47cm (27 1/2 x 18 1/2in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus
            Sep. 21, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Etty, RA (British, 1789-1849) Venus oil on canvas 64.5 x 50.5cm (25 3/8 x 19 7/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Etty
            Sep. 04, 2022

            William Etty

            Est: €1,800 - €3,600

            (1787 York - 1849 ebenda) Umkreis/Nachfolger "Musidora: The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed' oder auch "The Bather". Originaltitel Das Gemälde mit einer Badenden am Ufer veranschaulicht eine Szene aus James Thomsons Gedicht "Summer" von 1727, in dem ein junger Mann zufällig eine junge, unbekleidete Frau beim Baden sieht und hin- und hergerissen ist zwischen seinem Wunsch, hinzusehen und seinem Wissen, dass er wegsehen sollte. Dieses Motiv war auch noch in der prüden viktorianischen Zeit bei englischen Künstlern beliebt, da es einer der wenigen legitimen Vorwände war, um Akte zu malen. Das vorliegende, in fein lasierender Technik ausgeführte Gemälde basiert auf einer berühmten Komposition Ettys, die in vier Versionen bekannt ist und als eines seiner besten Werke gilt. Die erste Version wurde 1843 in der Royal Academy ausgestellt, zwei Versionen von 1846 befinden in der Tate Britain und in der Manchester Art Gallery. Öl/Lwd.; 60,5 cm x 46 cm. Rahmen. Circle or follower of William Etty (1787 - 1849). Oil on canvas.

            Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
          • * Etty (William, York 1787-1849). Three Male Nudes, & Study of a Warrior
            Jul. 21, 2022

            * Etty (William, York 1787-1849). Three Male Nudes, & Study of a Warrior

            Est: £400 - £600

            * Etty (William, York 1787-1849). Three Male Nudes, & Study of a Warrior Etty (William, York 1787-1849). Three Male Nudes, & Study of a Warrior, pen and ink and watercolour on wove paper, 109 x 86 mm (4.25 x 3.4 ins) and 115 x 90 mm (4.5 x 3.5 ins) respectively, neatly hinge-mounted, matching early 20th century cream card mounts, with wash framing border, the first with printed catalogue entry to verso from the 1938 Brook Street Gallery exhibition: 'Thirty-six. Group composition of three figures, Indian ink, heightened with watercolour, Size 4" x 3 1/8" ', and a small printed gold label with the number 165, additionally inscribed in pencil 'Exhibition No. 36', some light spotting to mounts, overall size 355 x 255 mm (14 x 10 ins) QTY: (2) NOTE: Provenance: Private Collection, Nottinghamshire. Exhibited: London, Brook Street Art Gallery, William Etty R.A. 1787-1849, November 1938, number 36 and untraced, respectively. A similar group of three small watercolour studies were sold at Christie's London, Interiors, 21 July 2015, lot 461.

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)
            Jun. 22, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)

            Est: £1,500 - £2,500

            William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849) Study of a male nude signed or inscribed 'W Etty' (on an old label to the reverse) oil on board 36 x 23cm Provenance: According to a label to the reverse (see Note) - Given by the artist to Bishop Luscombe in September 1843; Henry Charles Johnson, Stuart Johnson by 1916; Joseph Fitton by 2000. According to an old label affixed to the reverse of the board - apparently in the hand of and signed by William Etty - (and a later typed transcription of it) this study of a male nude was given by Etty "as a memento of my great esteem and gratitude for his many and varied kindnesses to me and my friends" to Bishop Matthew Henry Thornhill Luscombe (1776-1846) in September 1843 whilst Etty was on his last Continental visit in Paris where Luscombe had been chaplain at the British embassy since 1825. He was appointed to that position by George Canning when Foreign Secretary in 1824 and in that same year was consecrated to a Continental bishopric by the Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church. According to the inscription, Etty also gave Luscombe a companion painting "of a female with flowers after Reubens [sic] in the Louvre" which very possibly could have been after one of the figures of the nude females from the Medici cycle which Rubens had painted for the Luxembourg Palace and which had been transferred to the Louvre in 1817. Luscombe died unexpectedly of heart failure in Lausanne and was buried there.

            Cheffins
          • William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)
            Jun. 22, 2022

            William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)

            Est: £1,500 - £2,500

            William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849) Study of a female semi nude in the guise of an Amazon oil on card laid down to panel 74 x 54.5cm Provenance: M. Newman Ltd., London

            Cheffins
          • A RARE LIFE SIZE CARVED ARTIST'S LAY FIGURE OR MANNEQUIN, ENGLISH MID/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
            May. 31, 2022

            A RARE LIFE SIZE CARVED ARTIST'S LAY FIGURE OR MANNEQUIN, ENGLISH MID/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

            Est: £12,000 - £18,000

            A RARE LIFE SIZE CARVED ARTIST'S LAY FIGURE OR MANNEQUIN ENGLISH MID/EARLY 19TH CENTURY Of hinged articulated formapproximately 182cm highProvenance:Formerly from the collection of The School of Design at York and almost certainly either from the personal collection of the York artist William Etty (1787-1849) or from his teaching collection in the school. The school had been established in 1842 chiefly through the efforts of William Etty and the head of the Central Council, and Etty's close friend, the Scottish artist William Dyce (1806-1864). It first occupied modest premises on Little Blake Street before moving to Minster Yard in 1848 where it remained for much of the second half of the 19th century until moving into the Exhibition Building in Exhibition Square in 1890. At some point Etty's easels and life studies and this life figure were stored in the loft. In the early 1970s these items were removed from the loft and came into possession of the principal of the York School Mr Dennis Donn. On his death in the 1990s the items passed on to the daughters of his student and later colleague and friend Reginald Williams. In 2018 the figure was sold to a Belgian Fine Art dealer and subsequently into a private collection in London.Although much respected as a painter of grand paintings based on literary, historical, and mythological themes, William Etty was both a highly respected yet controversial figure in British art of the first half of the 19th century due to his penchant for specializing in the realistic, non-idealized depiction of nudes.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • Circle of William Etty (York 1787-1849) Soldiers fighting unframed
            Apr. 12, 2022

            Circle of William Etty (York 1787-1849) Soldiers fighting unframed

            Est: £1,500 - £2,000

            Circle of William Etty (York 1787-1849) Soldiers fighting oil on canvas 93.2 x 73.3cm (36 11/16 x 28 7/8in). unframed For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Attributed to William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)
            Mar. 23, 2022

            Attributed to William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849)

            Est: £200 - £400

            Attributed to William Etty, RA (British, 1787-1849) Youthful Bacchus oil on panel 31 x 27cm

            Cheffins
          • School of William Etty, Br. 1787-1849, Figure in Profile, Oil on paper laid to canvas, framed, Approx. 22 1/4" x 18 1/4" actual, 27 3/4" x 23 3/4" framed
            Mar. 19, 2022

            School of William Etty, Br. 1787-1849, Figure in Profile, Oil on paper laid to canvas, framed, Approx. 22 1/4" x 18 1/4" actual, 27 3/4" x 23 3/4" framed

            Est: $600 - $800

            School of William Etty Br., 1787-1849 Figure in Profile Oil on paper laid to canvas, framed

            Barridoff Auctions
          • In the Style of William Etty (1787-1849) framed oil on canvas 39 x 33 cm.
            Jan. 07, 2022

            In the Style of William Etty (1787-1849) framed oil on canvas 39 x 33 cm.

            Est: £240 - £300

            In the Style of William Etty (1787-1849) framed oil on canvas 39 x 33 cm.

            Hannam's Auctioneers
          • William Etty (British 1787-1849), Study of a nude
            Dec. 14, 2021

            William Etty (British 1787-1849), Study of a nude

            Est: £700 - £1,000

            William Etty (British 1787-1849)Study of a nudeOil on board laid to panelDated Nov [2] 1837 and indistinctly inscribed (upper left)39 x 34cm (15¼ x 13¼ in.)

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
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