19th Century Original Print The Dangerous Playmate By William Etty



19th Century Original Print titled ‘The Dangerous Playmate’ by William Etty, dating back to around 1852, showcases the artist’s exceptional talent in capturing the human form with great detail and emotion. The print depicts a scene of a young woman interacting with a child, exuding a sense of innocence and playfulness, while also hinting at a deeper narrative that invites the viewer to interpret the relationship between the two figures. 

The intricate details in the print, from the delicate features of the figures to the subtle use of light and shadow, demonstrate Etty’s mastery of his craft and his ability to evoke a range of emotions through his art. The composition of the scene draws the viewer in, creating a sense of intimacy and curiosity that makes this piece a captivating addition to any art collection. 

Original print is not only a beautiful work of art but also a valuable piece of history, offering a glimpse into the artistic style and themes of the 19th century. Whether displayed in a gallery setting or as part of a private collection, ‘The Dangerous Playmate’ by William Etty is sure to be a conversation starter and a cherished piece for any art enthusiast.

The Original painting by William Etty was exhibited in 1833

WILLIAM ETTY (1787—1849), the son of a miller at York, had few advantages to help him on the road
to fame. His education was slight, and his early years were spent as a printer's apprentice in Hull. But
he had determined to be a painter; and his motto was, as he tells us, "Perseverance." In 1806, he
visited an uncle, in Lombard Street, and became a student at the Academy, though his earliest art-
school was a plaster-cast shop in Cock Lane. Through his uncle's generosity, he became a pupil of
Lawrence, who had little time to attend to him. Though overwhelmed with difficulties Etty
persevered bravely. He laboured diligently in the "Life School," tried in vain for all the medals, sent
his pictures to the Academy only to see them rejected; unlike Haydon, he never lost heart. In
1820 The Coral Finders was exhibited at the Academy, and in the following year Cleopatra. His
patience and diligence were rewarded; henceforth his career was one of success. In 1822, he visited
Italy, and in 1828 became a full member of the Academy. His art was very unequal. He chiefly
devoted himself, however, to painting women, as being the embodiments of beauty. As a colourist
few English painters have rivalled him, and as a painter of flesh he stands high. As showing the
different forms of his many-sided art, we may mention Judith and Holofernes, Benaiah, The Eve of
the Deluge, Youth on the prow and Pleasure at the Helm, The Imprudence of Candaules, The
dangerous Playmate, and The Magdalen (all in the National Gallery). Etty died unmarried, and the
possessor of a considerable fortune.

Engraved in line by Edward James Portbury (1795-1885)

Printed by J.S Virtue & Co. Limited
James Sprent Virtue (18 May 1829 – 29 March 1892) was a British publisher and the second son of
George Virtue, the founder of publishing business, specialising in producing illustrated works.

Beautiful condition with some aging


Height:   39 cm   /  15.35  inches

Width   33 cm   /    inches


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Weight 3 kg