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William Etty: Art and Controversy

24 June to 22 January, York Art Gallery

William Etty RA (1787 - 1849) is one of Britain's most significant yet controversial artists; he is also York’s most famous painter. This major exhibition will be the first comprehensive reassessment of Etty's art for more than 50 years. Inspired by artists like Rubens and Titian, Etty was the first major British painter to specialise in the nude: this show will bring together the remarkable drawings he made both in his studio and at life classes. The exhibition will feature more than 100 of Etty's works including portraits and major history paintings. Paintings and sketches from York Art Gallery's collection will join works from across the country including the Tate, the Royal Academy and Manchester Art Gallery.

This exhibition has been curated by Dr Sarah Burnage (University of York) Laura Turner (Art Gallery) and Professor Mark Hallett  (University of York).

Admission Information

Entrance is free and open to all - no ticket required.Opening hours: 10am to 5pm.

Preparing for the ball by William Etty photo permission: York Art Gallery

More details

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
York YO1 7EW

Tel: 01904 687687

Art Historian, Mark Hallett, will give a talk Exhibiting Etty to introduce the exhibition on 25 June.