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An image of The Golden Age by William Etty

William Etty

(England 10 Mar 1787 – 13 Nov 1849)

The Golden Age
circa 1835-circa 1840
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

119.0 x 133.0 cm stretcher; 150.2 x 164.0 x 8.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1968
Accession number
19th c European art
Provenance (7)

Charles Birch, pre 27 Feb 1856, England, Metchley Abbey, Harborne. Sold by Foster & Son, London 27-28 February 1856, lot iiv. Dennis Farr (letter 28 January 1969) believes Birch either commissioned the work or bought it from the studio.

William Wethered, 27 Feb 1856?-27 Feb 1858, London/England, [dealer] King's Lynn, Norfolk and by 1849 London. His sale Christies London, 27 February 1858, lot 62

Mr Colls, 27 Feb 1858-09 Mar 1867, England, [dealer?] Purchased at William Wethered sale Christie's London, 27 February 1858, lot 62, £49.7.0. Sold Christie's London, 9 March 1867, lot no. 128, purchased Holmes.

Holmes, post 09 Mar 1867, England, Purchased Christie's London, 9 March 1867, lot no. 128, £504

J. Dyson Perrins, post 1878?, England, probably bought in 1878 at the Suffolk St Gallery exhibition, remaining in his family until sold by the executors of C.W. Dyson Perrins at Sotheby's 22 April 1959

C.W. Dyson Perrins, pre 22 Apr 1959, England, by descent, sold by the executors of C.W. Dyson Perrins at Sotheby's, 22 April 1959.

Roland, Browse and Delbanco, 22 Apr 1959-Jun 1968, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Roland, Browse and Delbanco 1968. Purchased by Roland, Browse and Delbanco from Sotheby's London, 22 April 1959

Bibliography (7)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 24 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'European art in the old courts', pg. 14-23, Sydney, 1984, 23.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 54 (illus.).

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Sydney, 1988, 38.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 77. 608

Roland, Browse and Delbanco, Gericault to Courbet, a new look at the period, London, 1965, 10 (illus.). 21, plate III

Sotheby's London, Sotheby's London 'Eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings', 22 Apr 1959, (illus.). 76

Exhibition history (3)

(Mr Cox's Exhibition of Deceased Masters of the British School 1878), Suffolk Street Gallery, London, 1878–1878

(Worchestershire Exhibition 1882), Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1882–1882

Gericault to Courbet, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London, 26 May 1965–26 Jun 1965