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William Etty : The Life and Art - Leonard Robinson

William Etty

The Life and Art

Paperback Published: 30th September 2011
ISBN: 9780786467754
Number Of Pages: 523
For Ages: 18+ years old

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English painter William Etty (1787-1849) believed women were ""God's most glorious work."" His determination to present that glorious work in its finest light led to criticism in his day for his choice of nudes as subjects. Today, this nineteenth century painter deserves recognition for his place in the history of English art, a poor boy who struggled against all odds to live his dream as a painter, and who eventually achieved the title of academician at the Royal Academy of Arts. The life of William Etty is thoroughly explored and generously illustrated in this biography. The historical and cultural backdrop for Etty's life and works is studied throughout the book. Chapters detail his family background and childhood, his home in York, his life in London and at the Royal Academy, and his struggles to make a living. His studies in Italy and France and his career as a painter are explored in detail. His work with the York School of Design in the final decade of his life, his place in the fine arts market and his emulators are described. An appendix examines Etty's relationship with his niece Betsy, his caretaker, housekeeper and assistant.

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"thoroughly researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated...a massive work of scholarship that should be included in every art library""--Library Journal.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments vii List of Illustrations xiii Foreword by Tom Etty 1 Preface 3 Introduction 5 CHAPTER ONE The Etty family, Etty’s birth and early years 19 The shape of things to come 31 Education 34 CHAPTER TWO “One of the fairest of England’s cities” 39 “Servitude and slavery” 47 CHAPTER THREE Life in London 52 A second apprenticeship 58 A rewarding pupilage 69 CHAPTER FOUR Unsettled and solitary 74 Finding his way 76 Slow beginnings and widening horizons 80 Death of his father 88 Success at home 90 CHAPTER FIVE The Grand Tour—A second attempt 95 “The spell is broken” 96 Success in Venice 99 “Fever of heart” 108 A confession? 110 CHAPTER SIX Further successes and material improvements 113 “An honor conferred” 118 Further recognition—Meeting with Delacroix 119 A troublesome patron 123 Revisiting York 125 “We must keep the foreigners from fooling us!” 126 CHAPTER SEVEN “I have triumphed!” 132 A familiar allegory reworked 135 A fair exchange? 143 His mother’s death 144 “The Vandals strike again” 146 Between pages 152 and 153 are 16 color plates containing 28 illustrations CHAPTER EIGHT “An irreparable loss” 153 Mixed reactions 156 A change of Academic patronage 162 Unpleasant experiences in France 165 “An affair of the Heart” 169 Etty and politics—Reactions to reform 170 CHAPTER NINE A tour of the north 173 “A general allegory of Human Life” 178 Defender of antiquities 181 The letters of Ridolfi 184 A second Ridolfi 188 A variety of portraits 191 CHAPTER TEN “The War of the Walls” 197 “Some great moral on the heart” 207 A missed opportunity 209 Illness and convalescence 210 An exhibition in York 216 A strange appointment 222 More advice from Ridolfi Minor 223 CHAPTER ELEVEN Divergent opinions 227 “Beauty, action, masculine vigour” 232 The National Gallery 235 “A nasty little pokey hole” 239 An important appointment—The Schools of Design 241 CHAPTER TWELVE A change of monarch, a change of style 246 A childlike humor 249 Critical appreciations 253 Painting the Lady Mayoress 260 Etty’s painting methods 263 CHAPTER THIRTEEN “I am not a Protestant” ... “I am not a Catholic” 267 “Premiums for Crime” 276 Etty and money 280 CHAPTER FOURTEEN A qualified tribute from one artist to another 288 Another important appointment—The National Gallery 289 “Nature supreme and over all” 291 Summer excursions 293 A prestigious appointment—The Houses of Parliament 296 A royal command 301 “Let Brotherly Love Continue” 304 CHAPTER FIFTEEN “The Judith of modern times” 314 York Minster again 320 Planning for retirement 324 “The new Maecenas” 327 Distinguished portraits 331 CHAPTER SIXTEEN Etty and his models 336 “Never to marry!” 349 CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The York School of Design 357 Failing powers 364 Excursions and alarums 368 A reluctant departure 370 CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Who bought Etty’s paintings? 375 CHAPTER NINETEEN “A piece of egotism” 402 A curious intervention 404 Recognition by fellow artists 407 Praise from a famous poet 412 Increasing ill-health and other worries 413 A final imprudence 414 CHAPTER TWENTY Final wishes unfulfilled 416 “A Sordid Topic” 419 A hurried sale 422 Posthumous appreciations 423 CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE Etty’s successors 431 Etty in the Twentieth Century 444 Summation 454 Appendix. Betsy 457 Chapter Notes Abbreviations and Full References 477 The Notes 478 Bibliography 483 Index 487

ISBN: 9780786467754
ISBN-10: 0786467754
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 523
Published: 30th September 2011
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.53  x 3.56
Weight (kg): 0.93

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