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 Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Figure Study
    Figure Study Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Louisa Vaughan, née Rolls (d.1853)
    Louisa Vaughan, née Rolls (d.1853) Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Nude Study
    Nude Study Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Reclining Model
    Reclining Model Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Seated Male Model
    Seated Male Model Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Seated Male Nude, Head Resting against Hand, Left Foot Resting on Block
    Seated Male Nude, Head Resting against Hand, Left Foot Resting on Block Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Studies of a Female Model
    Studies of a Female Model Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • Study of a Half-Nude Figure
    Study of a Half-Nude Figure Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'
    The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed' Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • The Mourner
    The Mourner Etty, William, 1787–1849
  • The Sirens and Ulysses
    The Sirens and Ulysses Etty, William, 1787–1849
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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 Breakspeare, William Arthur, 1855–1914
  • A Female Nude Seated at Julian's Atelier, Rue du Dragon
    A Female Nude Seated at Julian's Atelier, Rue du Dragon Munnings, Alfred James, 1878–1959
  • Adam and Eve
    Adam and Eve Cranach the elder, Lucas, 1472–1553
  • Cupid and Psyche
    Cupid and Psyche Swynnerton, Annie Louisa, 1844–1933
  • Daphne
    Daphne Hacker, Arthur, 1858–1919
  • Eve Tempted
    Eve Tempted Stanhope, John Roddam Spencer, 1829–1908
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude Herald, James Watterston, 1859–1914
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude Sims, Charles, 1873–1928
  • Female Nude
    Female Nude Modigliani, Amedeo, 1884–1920
  • Girl at Her Toilet
    Girl at Her Toilet Valette, Adolphe, 1876–1942
  • Interior with Nude
    Interior with Nude Sickert, Walter Richard, 1860–1942
  • Male Nude Figure
    Male Nude Figure Adamson, David Comba, 1859–1926
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