Letters of William Etty

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence between William Etty and a variety of other individuals on subjects such as art, his work, travel, family and current events.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Etty was born on Feasegate in York in 1787, the son of Matthew Etty, a baker and confectioner, and Esther Calverly.

Etty studied at the Royal Academy in 1807. He later became a popular artist, most well known for his paintings of mythical and historical scenes, as well as for his paintings of nudes.

He established the York School of Design, later the York School of Art, in 1842.

Etty died in 1849 and was buried in St Olave's churchyard, York.

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.

Conditions Governing Use

Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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