Antique Etching engraved by G.T. Doo after a work of William Etty entitled "The Combat", 19th Century. The etching represents two nude warriors fighting.
This piece was cleaned by a hired profesionnal restorer and is ready to be displayed.
About the Painting :
The Combat: Woman Pleading for the Vanquished is a large oil painting on canvas by English artist William Etty, first exhibited in 1825 and now in the National Gallery of Scotland. Inspired by the Elgin Marbles and intended by the artist to provide a moral lesson on "the beauty of mercy", it shows a near-nude warrior whose sword has broken, forced to his knees in front of another near-nude soldier who prepares to inflict a killing blow. A woman, also near-nude, clutches the victorious warrior to beg him for mercy. Very unusually for a history painting of the period, The Combat does not depict a scene from history, literature or religion and is not based on an existing artwork, but is instead a scene from the artist's own imagination.
About the Painter :
Etty was the first British artist to specialise in the nude, and the reaction of the lower classes to these paintings caused concern throughout the 19th century. Many critics condemned his repeated depictions of female nudity as indecent, although his portraits of male nudes were generally well received.
28.5 x 37.5 cm 11.22 x 14.76 inches (image)
40 x 49,8 cm 15.74 x 19.6 inches (sheet)
Nude Warrior Men Fighting, 19th Antique Engraving after English painting by William Etty
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