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oil on cardboard on wood panel
67.3 × 52.0 cm (cardboard) 69.5 X 52.0 cm (wood panel)
inscribed in red paint l.l.: W. Etty
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs E. Swinburne, 1941
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Literary and Text
Subjects (specific)
barefoot brooks Don Quixote (novel, Cervantes, 1605-1615) fiction (general genre) forests (cultural landscapes) seated figures women (female humans)

Possibly purchased by George Swinburne (1861–1928), in London, during the period 1888–1925, on the advice of Rev. W. G. Beardmore; collection of George and Ethel Swinburne, Shenton, Hawthorn, until 1928; collection of Mrs Ethel Swinburne (d. 1947), Shenton, Hawthorn, 1928–41; by whom donated to the NGV, 1941.

This painting shows the scene from Cervantes’s tale Don Quixote in which Dorothea, a fugitive in the mountains, is watched by two of the Don’s companions as she cools her feet in a brook. She wears a peasant costume as a disguise and is shown lifting her head at the noise by which the watchers betray their presence.