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Oil painting - Head of a monk
  • Head of a monk
    Etty, William RA, born 1787 - died 1849
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Head of a monk

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    ca. 1841-ca. 1842 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Etty, William RA, born 1787 - died 1849 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

An oil painting of a monk leaning out of a window and looking to the left.


ca. 1841-ca. 1842 (painted)


Etty, William RA, born 1787 - died 1849 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 30.5 cm estimate, Width: 26.6 cm estimate

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868

Descriptive line

Oil Painting, 'Head of a monk', William Etty RA, ca. 1841-ca. 1842

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 84

Production Note

Denis Farr dates this study to about 1841-2, based on Etty's two visits to a Trappist monastery near Antwerp where he bought a monk's habit for use as a studio prop.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted





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