Crafting The Past

Artists, Musicians, Photographers and Scientists

William Etty: The Life and Art By Leonard Robinson

William Etty – Art and Controversy

 

His mother married a miller 11 years older than herself when she was 17. Her brother, head of the family, opposed the match, so after 6 years of moving about theysettled in York. William was born on 10thMarch at No 20 Feasegate. He later had a house on Church Yard off Coney St. He was 7thout of 10 children; 5 died in infancy and he had smallpox, which scarred him for life. He did not marry but wanted to He had akettle for a wife: -“It sings sweetly and gives me warmth when I come in”. He was slovenly, short and awkward with a large head, hands and feet, and long wild sandy hair. He was described as ‘One of the oddest looking creatures’. He was in love when he made an ascent of Vesuvius and he described his heart as a ‘Volcano of itself’. He struggled with uncertainty, and agonized waiting for letters to arrive. He eventually found

 

2satisfaction in his art and excelled in painting voluptuous nudes of both sexes, many of which are in York Art Gallery. He wrote, “For 6 months past I have scarcely known Happiness but by name, and even now I could exchange life with a dog. I have only found existence tolerable by applying vigorously to my Art”. He travelled widely in Europe and met Delacroix. His work was much admired, and in 1828 he defeated Constable in the elections to the Royal Academy. He campaigned to save the Walls from demolition in the 1830’s and in 1910 his statue was erected, with a little model of Bootham Barhalf covered by a drape at his feet. He is buried in St Olave’s churchyard, though his tomb is visible from St Mary’s Ab

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(1817 – 1905)[1] was an early photographer based in York.

Portrait of William Pumphrey by John Ward Knowles in York Art Gallery

Pumphrey was a Quaker and started out as a science teacher at Bootham School,[2] York. He bought his licence from Samuel Walker, York's first practising photographer, in July 1849, and ran his business there until 1854. Throughout this time he frequently lectured on scientific and kindred subjects; indeed, he continued to lecture - including to Bootham boys - even after taking up his post as superintendent of a private lunatic asylum in York. He was fond of travel, bringing home many photographs of the scenery of Switzerland and elsewhere, which he took pleasure in showing to his friends with the magic lantern.

In 1866 he organised an exhibition of Yorkshire Fine Art and Industry, in the grounds of Bootham Park Hospital, in which he entered two revolving stereoscopes, each containing 50 of his stereo views

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Scupltor Coney Street York

Sculptors and Statuary

sculptors 8 Coney Street