Male Nude by William Frederick Witherington (1785-1865). Oil on board, 8 1/2 x 23 inches; inscribed with “Witherington/ 1843/ FebY/ No. 6.” Collection: the Maas Gallery. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

“Ordinarily a landscape painter, Witherington may have shared Royal Academy life classes with William Etty, whose influence is powerfully evident here. Etty was two years behind Witherington at the RA schools, but notoriously attended the life class into old age. Here the model is in the classic ‘Dying Gaul’ posture, after the Antique” (Commentary from Maas Gallery site).

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Last modified 18 May 2014