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Woman at a Fountain

Oil Painting
ca. 1840-ca. 1845 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Painting of a nude female sitting by a fountain.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on millboard
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Woman at a Fountain', William Etty, ca. 1840-ca. 1845
Physical Description
Painting of a nude female sitting by a fountain.
  • Estimate height: 61.5cm
  • Estimate width: 46.3cm
  • Frame dimensions height: 88cm
  • Frame dimensions width: 72cm
  • Frame dimensions depth: 9cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Gallery Label
William Etty devoted his career to painting the nude figure. He was the only major British painter of his generation to do so, and despite accusations of indecency from a hostile press he achieved both critical and popular success. Etty used rich, warm colours, and here the red and yellow fabrics emphasise the lustrous flesh tones.
Credit line
Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce
Object history
Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce, 1869
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 86
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record createdMay 2, 2007
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