FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
John William WATERHOUSE
Engraved by: J. Dobie
Medium: Original Etching
Image Size: 9" X 5.5"
John William Waterhouse (born between January and April 1849; died 10 February 1917) was an English painter known
for working in the Pre-Raphaelite style. He worked several decades after the breakup of the Pre-Raphaelite
Brotherhood, which had seen its heyday in the mid-nineteenth century, leading him to have gained the moniker of
"the modern Pre-Raphaelite". Borrowing stylistic influences not only from the earlier Pre-Raphaelites but also from his
contemporaries, the Impressionists, his artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek
mythology and Arthurian legend.
Born in Italy to English parents who were both painters, he later moved to London, where he enrolled in the Royal
Academy of Art. He soon began exhibiting at their annual summer exhibitions, focusing on the creation of large canvas
works depicting scenes from the daily life and mythology of ancient Greece. Later on in his career he came to embrace
the Pre-Raphaelite style of painting despite the fact that it had gone out of fashion in the British art scene several
decades before. Although not as well known as earlier Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John
Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, Waterhouse's work is currently displayed at several major British art
galleries, and the Royal Academy of Art organised a major retrospective of his work in 2009.