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    “Male Nude”

    ~ William Etty

    c. 1840 A life-room sketch, rather than intended to illustrate a specific subject, this epitomises the freshness and immediacy of the nude studies Etty painted at the Royal Academy throughout his career, long after he was a student there. Millboard was the artist's favoured support for such life studies, and the way he frequently allows the extremities of his models’ limbs to be cut by the edge of the support, as here, may be regarded as a signature feature. After Etty's death the vast number of life-room studies remaining in his studio were sold at Christie's over seven days, 6-13 May 1850, and the present work appears to have been one of their number.

    A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF AN ATHLETE

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    This Over-lifesized, standing in contrapposto, well modelled Roman marble torso of an Athlete, Circa 1st - end Century A.D. has often be quipped as the Yves Saint-Laurent Athlete. Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), acquired it prior to 1974 and held it until it was sold as lot 680 from the Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé; Christie’s, Paris, 25 February 2009, catalogue.