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John William Waterhouse.
John William Waterhouse.

John William Waterhouse (April 6, 1849February 10, 1917) was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter most famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature. He belonged to the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. John William Waterhouse Source: Internet, Public domain This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... John William Waterhouse Source: Internet, Public domain This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Persephone, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... // For the Derek Sherinian album, see Mythology (Derek Sherinian album). ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848 by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. ...

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Early life

He was born in Rome to the painters William and Isabela Waterhouse, but when he was five the family moved to South Kensington, near the newly founded Victoria and Albert Museum. He studied painting under his father before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1870. His early works were of classical themes in the spirit of Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton, and were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery. Nickname: The Eternal City Motto: SPQR: Senatus PopulusQue Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area    - City 1285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban... The junction with Old Brompton Road and Pelham Street, outside South Kensington tube station. ... The Victoria and Albert Museum viewed from Thurloe Square. ... This article refers to an art institution in London. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (January 8, 1836--June 25, 1912) was a Dutch-born painter of the Victorian era, best known for his sumptuous portrayals of life in the ancient world. ... Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton Flaming June Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (3 December 1830–25 January 1896) was an English painter and sculptor. ...


Later career

Hylas and the Nymphs (1896)

In 1874, at the age of twenty-five, Waterhouse submitted the classical allegory Sleep and His Half-Brother Death to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. The painting was very well received and he exhibited at the RA almost every year afterwards until his death in 1917. In 1883 he married Esther Kenworthy, the daughter of an art schoolmaster from Ealing who had exhibited her own flower-paintings at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. They had two children, but both died in childhood. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2124x1317, 1285 KB) Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) John William Waterhouse File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Nymph Hylas John William Waterhouse User:Perl User:Perl/Wyndham... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2124x1317, 1285 KB) Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) John William Waterhouse File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Nymph Hylas John William Waterhouse User:Perl User:Perl/Wyndham... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... An allegory (from Greek αλλος, allos, other, and αγορευειν, agoreuein, to speak in public) is a figurative mode of representation conveying a meaning other than (and in addition to) the literal. ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Ealing is a town in the London Borough of Ealing. ...


In 1895 Waterhouse was elected to the status of full Academician. He taught at the St. John's Wood Art School, joined the St John's Wood Arts Club, and served on the Royal Academy Council. 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... St Johns Wood is a district in the City of Westminster in London near Regents Park. ...


One of Waterhouse's most famous paintings is The Lady of Shalott, a study of Elaine of Astolat, who dies of grief when Lancelot will not love her. He actually painted three different versions of this character, in 1888, 1896, and 1916. The Lady of Shalott is a romantic poem by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892). ... A figure in Arthurian legend, Elaine was the figure of unrequited love later solemnized in Alfred Tennysons poem The Lady of Shalott. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Another of Waterhouse's favorite subjects was Ophelia; the most famous of his paintings of Ophelia depicts her just before her death, putting flowers in her hair as she sits on a tree branch leaning over a lake. Like The Lady of Shalott and other Waterhouse paintings, it deals with a woman dying in or near water. He also may have been inspired by paintings of Ophelia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Millais. He submitted his Ophelia painting of 1888 in order to receive his diploma from the Royal Academy. (He had originally wanted to submit a painting titled "A Mermaid", but it was not completed in time.) After this, the painting was lost until the 20th century, and is now displayed in the collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber. Waterhouse would paint Ophelia again in 1894 and 1909 or 1910, and planned another painting in the series, called "Ophelia in the Churchyard." John William Waterhouses painting Ophelia (1894) Ophelia is a character from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. ... Dante Gabriel Rossetti (May 12, 1828 - April 10, 1882) was an English poet, painter and translator. ... John Everett Millais (June 8, 1829–August 13, 1896) was a painter. ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Waterhouse could not finish the series of Ophelia paintings because he was gravely ill with cancer by 1915. He died two years later, and his grave can be found at Kensal Green Cemetery in London. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... Kensal Green Cemetery Kensal Green Cemetery, located in Kensal Green, London, England, was incorporated in 1832, and is the oldest of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries still in operation. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


See also

  • List of Pre-Raphaelite paintings - including the work of John William Waterhouse.

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John William Waterhouse (April 6, 1849 – February 10, 1917) was a British Pre-raphaelite painter most famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature.
Another of Waterhouse's favorite subjects was Ophelia; the most famous of his paintings of Ophelia depicts her just before her death, putting flowers in her hair as she sits on a tree branch leaning over a lake.
Waterhouse could not finish the series of Ophelia paintings because he was gravely ill with cancer by 1915.
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