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Exhibition Square

Use William Etty as a marker for a perfectly-aligned shot with the art gallery.

The statue of artist William Etty stands outside York City Art Gallery, facing Bootham Bar which he helped to protect from misguided town planners in the early 19th century. He was born in York in 1787, the son of a baker in Feasegate. Although he spent most of his working life in London he returned to York later in life and bought a house and studio overlooking the River Ouse, close to where he was born. Etty was very active in campaigning to preserve York’s historic buildings. He is buried in St Olave’s churchyard, near the Museum Gardens.

Etty is most famous for his repeated use of the female nude in his paintings, which have been seen as quite controversial in the past.

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