ETTY, William (1787–1849), painter. Autograph letter signed to W.H.Harrison Esq, 2 sides of a bifolium, 8vo, 14 Buckingham Street, Strand [London], Monday [no date], enclosing (not present) a “Printed Copy of a Lecture I gave at York to forward a project for the extension of Fine Art – and a little Manuscript Sketch if you will take the trouble to look at it ……….. if it would do any good – or be of the least use to you in any way – you can keep it ……… if you are coming my way any time look in I shall be pleased to see you.”
William Etty was born in York, and although most of his working life was spent in London (based at 14 Buckingham Street from 1829 to 1848), he is celebrated as York’s most famous artist. Inspired by artists like Rubens and Titian, he became well known for his nudes, history paintings, landscapes and portraits, and was financially successful in his own lifetime. His correspondent was William Henry Harrison (1795-1878), Ruskin's editor and family friend.