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The work of English painter William Etty (1787-1849), although beautifully executed, is not well known today, but it has been more appreciated in recent decades. This volume goes far in restoring his reputation as a first-class artist. Robinson (former vice president, Friends of York Art Gallery) combines about as complete a biography of Etty with a critical and all-inclusive study of his work as we are ever likely to get. He traces Etty's life in great detail, follows his career at the York School of Design, and tracks his influence on a number of artists. The 101 photos (28 in color) demonstrate the quality of Etty's work and the development of his style, while the appendix examines the relationship between the artist and his live-in assistant/housekeeper niece, Betsy. This thoroughly researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated volume illuminates the career of a neglected accomplished painter. It is a massive work of scholarship that should be included in every art library.