John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
John William Waterhouse was born in 1849 in Rome, where his father worked as a painter. He assisted his father in art studio where he developed his talents for sculpting and painting.
In 1885 Waterhouse was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and a full member in 1895. In the 1890s Waterhouse began to exhibit portraits.
From 1908-1914 John William Waterhouse painted a series of paintings based upon the Persephone legend. Pictures based upon literature and mythology followed them.