One of the most successful British artists of the early nineteenth century, Etty's work has been neglected until recently. This first major study of Etty's work in over fifty years reassesses his use of the nude, his training at the Royal Academy and his large scale historical canvases and proposes a new framework within which his art can be understood. Featuring a series of scholarly essays written by leading experts in the period, the catalogue will interrogate the casting of Etty as a figure of controversy in British art and re-examine his important and energetic contribution to artistic practise in the nineteenth century.
Sarah Burnage is research curator at York Art Gallery for the forthcoming William Etty: Art and Controversy exhibition. Before joining York Art Gallery Sarah was a Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York. She completed her PhD on the late eighteenth-century sculptor John Bacon RA in June 2008 and is currently in the process of preparing her thesis for publication. She has written a number of articles on sculptural practise in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Mark Hallett is Head of the History of Art Department at the University of York. He has published widely on eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century British art, and is the author of 'The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth' (1999) and 'Hogarth' (2000). He was the co-curator of the 'Tate Britain exhibition Hogarth' (2007) and is currently leading a team of scholars and curators working on a three-year research project entitled 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735'. Laura Turner is curator of Art at York Art Gallery, with a special interest in Victorian and early twentieth-century British Art. Between 2005-2008 Laura worked as Assistant Keeper of Art (Collections) at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, where she helped to compile the Ferens catalogue, From Victorian to Edwardian. At York, she has curated exhibitions on Stanley Spencer and the St Ives School, and currently oversees the Gallery's exhibition programme and Fine Art collections.