An image of The Golden Age

William Etty

(England 10 Mar 1787 – 13 Nov 1849)

The Golden Age

19th c European art
circa 1835-circa 1840
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
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
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