Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball is an oil painting by English artist
William Etty. Although he was then known almost exclusively for history
paintings featuring nude figures, he was commissioned in 1833 by Welsh
Conservative politician Charles Williams-Wynn to paint a portrait of two
of his daughters. Charlotte, the eldest, is shown standing, helping the
seated Mary decorate her hair with a ribbon and a rose, both in lavish
Italian-style costume. Etty put a good deal of effort into the piece and
took much longer than usual to finish it, first exhibiting it at the
1835 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Generally well received, even by
critics usually hostile to Etty, it demonstrated that he was both
capable of high-quality work and deserving of patronage by the English
elite, and the success led to further commissions. It remained in the
collection of Mary Williams-Wynn's descendants and was not shown
publicly for 160 years, other than in an 1849 retrospective exhibition.
In 2009 it was acquired by the York Art Gallery, where it now forms part
of a major collection of Etty's work.
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