Max size viewing is essential to get the most from this busy corner of York as seen from the Art Gallery. 64 frames in total shot in 3 rows portrait mode at 80mm focal length , only possible as a result of the very bright constant sunlight and lack of clouds which enabled me to freeze the action in each frame . By careful watching and shooting I managed to avoid chopping people and vehicles so that the stitched image all looks as if it were taken in a split second. The frames used were taken from several sequences to also ensure a more controlled outcome and to overcome overlap where people had moved within the scene.
William Etty ( statue facing minster ) William Etty is York's most famous artist and was the first major British painter to specialise in the nude before the 20th century.
Born in York in 1787, he was the seventh child of a miller and baker and would often draw in chalk on his father's shop floor. In 1798 he was apprenticed to a printer, but in 1805 his uncle paid for him to go to London and to enter the Royal Academy Schools in 1807.
Inspired by artists like Rubens and Titian, he was best known for his nudes and history paintings, but he also painted many landscapes and portraits.
He was financially successful in his own lifetime, despite being criticised in the press for indecency, and was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1824, defeating Constable by 18 votes to five. In 1828 he became a full academician.
Known as a shy bachelor, he moved back to York from London in 1848 after his retirement and died the following year in 1849.
Betty ( Lady in blue/green 2 piece ) I didn't get to know anything about her but she seemed to be enjoying the view and stood there for quite some time and remained just as still as Mr Etty .
Due to its position near the West Front of the Minster Bootham Bar is probably the best known of York's city gates. This is where one of the city's four original gates, the North-Western Roman Gateway, was erected in wood in AD 71. Its stone replacement had disappeared by the time of the Norman Conquest. A second wooden structure was rebuilt, again in stone, in the 12th century and some of this masonry survives in the present structure which, for the most part, is two hundred years younger. It once had a defensive barbican like Walmgate Bar, but this was demolished in 1835.
Like the other city gates, Bootham has displayed the heads of traitors in its time: notably Thomas Mowbray in 1405. It easily survived an unsuccessfully attack by Lord Scrope on behalf of the Royal impostor, Lambert Simnell, in 1487; but was heavily damaged by the Earl of Manchester's troops during the Siege of York (1644). It was restored seven years later and pedestrian archways added in the following century. Fortunately, plans to demolish the bar in 1831 were eventually scrapped.