An image of Apollo

William Strutt

(England, Australia 03 Jul 1825 – 03 Jan 1915)


Not on display
Further information

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.

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
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