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The son of a baker, the artist, Etty was apprenticed as a printer. From 1808 he studied at the Royal Academy under Thomas Lawrence, who was the leading portrait painter of the day. Etty devoted himself to the painting of the female nude and was a familiar figure at the Academy life classes throughout his life. His luscious sensual nudes (though this one is quite decorous) often scandalised the Victorians.
oil on canvas
H 43.5 x W 33.5 cm
bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith, 1940