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The Golden Age

circa 1835-circa 1840


William Etty


10 Mar 1787 - 13 Nov 1849



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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

William Etty

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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

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

Referenced in 7 publications


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

Edmund Capon AM, OBE 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