John William Waterhouse

English Pre-Raphaelite painter, 1849 - 1917
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John William Waterhouse : Listening to His Sweet Pipings
1911, Oil on canvas, 27 x 43 inches (68.58 x 109.22 cm), Collection of M.S.Rau Antiques, USA
John William Waterhouse : Tristan and Isolde with the Potion
Oil on canvas, 43 x 32 inches (109.22 x 81.28 cm), Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, USA
John William Waterhouse : Ophelia
1910, Oil on canvas, 40 1/8 x 24 inches (102 x 61 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Gather Ye Rosebuds while ye may
1908, Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 17 7/8 inches (61.6 x 45.7 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Hylas and the Nymphs
1896, Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 x 64 1/8 inches (98 x 163 cm), Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, UK
John William Waterhouse : Saint Cecilia
1895, Oil on canvas, Private collection
John William Waterhouse : La belle dam sans mercie
Translated title: The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy. 1893, Oil on canvas, 44 x 31 7/8 inches (112 x 81 cm), Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
John William Waterhouse : Circe offering the Cup to Ulysses
1891, Oil on canvas, 58 5/8 x 36 1/8 inches (149 x 92 cm), Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham, England
John William Waterhouse : Ulysses and the Sirens
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
John William Waterhouse : Flora
c.1890, Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 12 7/8 inches (73 x 33 cm), Private collection, Signed J.W. Waterhouse (lower right)
John William Waterhouse : The Lady of Shalott
1888, Oil on canvas, 60 1/8 x 78 5/8 inches (153 x 200 cm), Tate Gallery, London, England
John William Waterhouse : Waterhouse, John William oil painting
1887, Oil on canvas, 101 7/8 x 70 3/4 inches (259 x 180 cm), Forbes Magazine Collection, New York, New York, USA
John William Waterhouse : Portrait of Phyllis Waterlo
Oil on canvas, 40 x 66 inches (101.60 x 167.64 cm), Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, USA
John William Waterhouse : Study for The Lady Clare
Red chalk, Private collection, Image courtesy of: Brian Yoder's Art Gallery.
John William Waterhouse : I am Half-sick of Shadows, said the Lady of Shalott
1915, Oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 29 1/8 inches (100 x 74 cm), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
John William Waterhouse : Narcissus
1912, Oil on canvas, 37 x 24 3/8 inches (94 x 62 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Echo and Narcissus
1903, Oil on canvas, 42 7/8 x 74 3/8 inches (109 x 189 cm), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
John William Waterhouse : Crystal Ball
1902, Oil on canvas, Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Windswept
1902, Oil on canvas, 44 7/8 x 31 inches (114 x 79 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : A Mermaid
1901, Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 x 26 3/8 inches (98 x 67 cm), The Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
John William Waterhouse : Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus
1900, Oil on canvas, 38 1/8 x 40 7/8 inches (97 x 104 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Pandora
1896, Oil on canvas, 59 3/4 x 35 3/4 inches (152 x 91 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : At the Shrine
1895, Oil on canvas, 34 5/8 x 16 1/2 inches (88 x 42 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Ophelia II
1894, Oil on canvas, 46 3/4 x 27 7/8 inches (119 x 71 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : A Tale from Decameron
A Tale from Decameron, c.1916, oil on canvas, Lady Lever Art Gallery at Birkenhead
John William Waterhouse : Diogenes
1882, Oil on canvas, 81 7/8 x 53 1/8 inches (208 x 135 cm), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
John William Waterhouse : The Danaides
1904, Oil on canvas, 60 5/8 x 43 5/8 inches (154.3 x 111.1 cm), Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Psyche Opening the Golden Box
c.1903, Oil on canvas, Private collection
John William Waterhouse : Destiny
1900, Oil on canvas, 26 7/8 x 21 5/8 inches (68.5 x 55 cm), Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museums, Burnley, Lancashire, England
John William Waterhouse : The Awakening of Adonis
c.1900, Oil on canvas, Private collection
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John William Waterhouse was born in Rome, and was always known by his family, and personal friends as Nino, the diminutive of the Italian Giovanino. Both his parents were artists. Today Waterhouse is possibly the most popular of all the artists on this web site. It is interesting to note, however, that little is known about his personal life today, considering he died in 1917, and was an active RA. What is known indicates he was a retiring, shy man, he left no diaries or journals, and, I suspect, quite deliberately covered his tracks. His friend, William Logsdail [1859-1944] wrote his memoirs, but I have not been able to locate a copy of them. I set out below such information I as I have about Waterhouse. Waterhouse became ARA in 1885, and a full RA in 1895. In 1883 he married Esther Kenworthy at the parish church in Ealing in West London. There were no children. The newly married couple lived in a purpose built artistic colony in Primrose Hill, fellow residents, and close friends were Logsdail, and Maurice Greiffenhagen and his wife. The houses had studios. Around 1900 Waterhouse and his wife moved to St John's Wood, evidence of both increasing prosperity, and the need to be part of the artistic community. He was I think one of the most accomplished British painters of the second half of the 19th century. He shared with many of them a fascination with events from antiquity and legend. Early in his career Waterhouse established his style. It changed little, but he continually refined it, and his beautiful ladies were recognisable flesh and blood, with superb skin tones. He also painted a few excellent portraits of women, some of them being of the members of the Henderson family of Lord Faringdon, of Buscot Park fame. A lot of the pictures spent many years on the walls of prosperous Home Counties families, but the problems of Lloyds of London have, in many cases, forced their sale, just as their real value, and the artistic worth of Waterhouse's achievement has come to be realised. He continued to do the same thing throughout his career, but he did it so well, who are we to complain? In 1917 he died of cancer, but he had carried on working virtually to the end of his life, as evidenced by the two very late pictures bought by Lord Leverhume, still on show at the Lady Lever Gallery to this day.

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