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Artwork of the Month – June 2020

The John Cheere Busts in York Art Gallery (mid 18th century).  

Above the stairs in York Art Gallery, on the left as you go up, there are a number of 18th-century portrait busts. Moira Fulton here explains what these are, and how they come to be in the Gallery.

Artwork of the Month – May 2020

Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball, William Etty (1787 -1849).

The painter most closely associated with the City of York is William Etty, whose statue stands outside the Art Gallery, and who is buried in St Olave’s Churchyard. Margaret May, a member of the Friends’ committee, discusses one of his finest and most popular paintings. 

William Etty (1787-1849), Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball, 1833, oil on canvas
Photo credit: York Museums Trust ©

Artwork of the Month – April 2020

Study for ‘Nameless and Friendless’ by Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925).

Dorothy Nott, a former Chair of the Friends,  writes about a remarkable small painting in the Gallery’s collection. ‘Nameless and Friendless’ was painted as a study for a larger work, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858 and is now in Tate Britain.

Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925), Study for Nameless and Friendless, 1857, oil on wood
Photo credit: York Museums Trust ©

Artwork of the Month: September

This month’s artwork is Albert Moore’s A Venus (1869).

Marte Stinis, a PhD student at the University of York, writes about one of the most important paintings in York Art Gallery, by the York-born Victorian artist Albert Moore, a pioneering figure in the aesthetic movement.

Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), A Venus (detail), oil on canvas
York Museums Trust ©