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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

William Etty (1787-1849), Painter

Painter; studied at RA schools; first exhibited at RA, 1811; travelled on the continent; RA, 1828; famous for his ambitious and exuberant subject paintings, based on historical and mythological themes, where he delighted in the depiction of nude female models.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.