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William Strutt

England, Australia

03 Jul 1825 – 03 Jan 1915

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    black conté, wash on grey laid paper
    61.8 x 47.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

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

    Gift of Mrs Margaret Strutt-Davies, the artist's grand-daughter 1990
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    William Strutt

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by William Strutt

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