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Title

Apollo

1838-1843?


Artist

William Strutt

England, Australia

03 Jul 1825 - 03 Jan 1915


About

William Strutt was the first classically-trained British artist to pursue a career in Australia, where he worked between 1850 and 1862. He is celebrated for his dramatic history paintings and monumental depictions of colonial life.

According to the artist’s grand-daughter, he made this drawing when he was about thirteen. Strutt and his brother Joseph became pupils of the academic painter Michel-Martin Drolling (1786-1851) in Paris in 1838 and as part of their training drew from engravings, antique casts and life models. Apart from enrolling at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1839, where he received instruction from Paul Delaroche and Horace Vernet, Strutt remained with Drolling until 1843. He then took up an apprenticeship to Joseph-Nicolas Jouy 1843-44. This drawing may therefore have been made as late as 1843, when Strutt was 18 years of age. The drawing is of a Roman copy in marble of Apollo with a lizard, after the original Greek sculpture by Praxiteles c350BC, now in the Louvre, Paris.


Details


Date

1838-1843?


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black conté, wash on grey laid paper


Dimensions

61.8 x 47.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pen and brown ink "By Wm Strutt/ Paris.". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mrs Margaret Strutt-Davies, the artist's grand-daughter 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

454.1990


Artist information

William Strutt

Works in the collection

13


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 11.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 50, 51 (colour illus.).