William Etty

Miss Mary Arabella Jay

exhibited 1819

Not on display

Artist
William Etty 1787–1849
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 632 mm
frame: 1015 x 892 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Mrs Rose Mary Chamberlen 1956
Reference
N06268

Display caption

Many portraits were shown at the annual exhibitions in the early 19th century, yet portraiture was often seen as a lesser art form. This is one of a small number of portraits Etty exhibited throughout his career, as he primarily showed history paintings that were highly regarded by his contemporaries. The sitter is Mary Arabella Jay. She is the daughter of one of Etty’s acquaintances, the Reverend William Jay of Bath, a noted preacher.

Gallery label, October 2019

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