William Etty (1787–1849)

Born in York, the English painter William Etty was one of the few British artists to specialise almost exclusively in painting the nude.

He was criticised in the press for his ‘fleshiness’ and gained a reputation for ‘indecency’. As such, he often painted mythological or historical subjects, sometimes on an ambitious scale. Thanks to his dedication to life studies in the Royal Academy Schools throughout his career, it was clear that his works were painted from real, naked models – not some imagined ideal, and for many this was shocking.

Etty was passionate about the idea of a ‘British school’ of painting, and today his works feature in many museums and galleries up and down the country. Few British artists have ever approached the painting of flesh in the same way as he did – curvaceous, beautiful and unashamed.

 

Art prints and custom framed prints

Browse a range of sublime Etty prints. Each of the following artworks can be purchased as unframed prints in a variety of sizes. We also have an array of high quality frames that are custom built for each print.

  • A Naiad
    A Naiad
  • Figure Study
    Figure Study
  • Louisa Vaughan, née Rolls (d.1853)
    Louisa Vaughan, née Rolls (d.1853)
  • Nude Study
    Nude Study
  • Reclining Model
    Reclining Model
  • Seated Male Model
    Seated Male Model
  • Seated Male Nude, Head Resting against Hand, Left Foot Resting on Block
    Seated Male Nude, Head Resting against Hand, Left Foot Resting on Block
  • Studies of a Female Model
    Studies of a Female Model
  • Study of a Half-Nude Figure
    Study of a Half-Nude Figure
  • The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'
    The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'
  • The Mourner
    The Mourner
  • The Sirens and Ulysses
    The Sirens and Ulysses
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More art nudes

Browse our fabulously fleshy selection of artworks featuring many depictions of the nude through art history – from the Renaissance to Impressionism and beyond.

  • 1 Corinthians, XI, 15
    1 Corinthians, XI, 15
  • A Female Nude Seated at Julian's Atelier, Rue du Dragon
    A Female Nude Seated at Julian's Atelier, Rue du Dragon
  • Adam and Eve
    Adam and Eve
  • Cupid and Psyche
    Cupid and Psyche
  • Daphne
    Daphne
  • Eve Tempted
    Eve Tempted
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude
  • Girl at Her Toilet
    Girl at Her Toilet
  • Male Nude Figure
    Male Nude Figure
  • Nude Seated on a Couch
    Nude Seated on a Couch
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