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About John William Waterhouse


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.  


His early works were of classical themes, and were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery.

Waterhouse painted primarily in oils, and in Watercolor over 200 paintings depicting classical mythology, historical and literary subjects. Femme fatale is a common theme in his works.

His style became a major influence on many of the later Pre-raphaelites including Frank Dicksee and Herber James Draper. Waterhouse continued painting until his death from cancer in 1917. 

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