j w waterhouse

      J W WATERHOUSE (Artist)

      • Born: April 6, 1849
      • Birth place: Rome, Italy
      • Birth name: John William Waterhouse
      • Married: Esther Kenworthy, 1883 (2 children)
      • Elected: Royal Academician, 1895
      • Date of death: February 10, 1917 (cancer)
      • Buried: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, UK

    • Waterhouse was one of the great Victorian artists, whose paintings were British neo-classical and Pre-Raphaelite in concept.

      His parents, William and Isabela Waterhouse, were both painters and though he was born in Rome, he moved with his family to South Kensington, London, when he was five. Before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1870, he studied painting under his father.

      From 1874 until his death, he exhibited at the Royal Academy almost every year. He also exhibited at the Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery. As well as painting, he taught at St. John's Wood Art School and served on the Royal Academy Council.

      j w waterhouseHis most famous painting is The Lady of Shalott (1888) (pictured, large canvas print here), inspired by poem by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It is a study of Elaine of Astolat, who dies of grief when Lancelot will not love her. Oil on canvas, it measures 153 x 200 cm. This is a painting that has to be seen to truly comprehend its power and its mythical beauty. It can be found at Tate Britain, London.

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