Portrait of John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse - Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 5

1849-1917

English Victorian Romanticism Painter

John William Waterhouse (April 6, 1849 - February 10, 1917) was a British neo-classical and Pre-Raphaelite painter most famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature.

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.

Later career
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.

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.

Waterhouse's most famous painting is The Lady of Shalott, a study of a 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.
His grave can be found at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

99 Paintings of Waterhouse

The Lady of Shalott, 1888 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

The Lady of Shalott 1888

Oil Painting
$996
Canvas Print
$52.27
SKU: WJW-964
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 153 x 200 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

La Belle Dame Sans Merci, 1893 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

La Belle Dame Sans Merci 1893

Oil Painting
$1014
Canvas Print
$51.64
SKU: WJW-965
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 110.6 x 81 cm
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany

Hylas and the Nymphs, 1896 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Hylas and the Nymphs 1896

Oil Painting
$2157
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-966
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 132.1 x 197.5 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Ophelia, 1910 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Ophelia 1910

Oil Painting
$1024
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-967
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 101.5 x 63.5 cm
Private Collection

The Magic Circle, 1886 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

The Magic Circle 1886

Oil Painting
$999
Canvas Print
$46.32
SKU: WJW-968
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 183 x 127 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Fair Rosamund, 1916 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Fair Rosamund 1916

Oil Painting
$990
Canvas Print
$50.53
SKU: WJW-969
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 96.5 x 72.5 cm
Private Collection

The Enchanted Garden, c.1916/17 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

The Enchanted Garden c.1916/17

Oil Painting
$1757
Canvas Print
$47.06
SKU: WJW-970
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 115.5 x 160 cm
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, United Kingdom

Circe Invidiosa, 1892 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Circe Invidiosa 1892

Oil Painting
$950
Canvas Print
$53.24
SKU: WJW-971
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 180.7 x 87.4 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

A Tale from the Decameron, 1916 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

A Tale from the Decameron 1916

Oil Painting
$2451
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-972
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 101 x 159 cm
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, United Kingdom

Tristan and Isolde with the Potion, 1916 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Tristan and Isolde with the Potion 1916

Oil Painting
$1081
Canvas Print
$50.04
SKU: WJW-973
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 108 x 72 cm
Private Collection

Penelope and the Suitors, 1912 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Penelope and the Suitors 1912

Oil Painting
$2360
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-974
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 129.8 x 188 cm
Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Mrs Charles Schreiber, 1912 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Mrs Charles Schreiber 1912

Oil Painting
$807
SKU: WJW-975
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

'I am Half Sick of Shadows' Said the Lady of Shalott, 1916 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

'I am Half Sick of Shadows' Said the Lady of Shalott 1916

Oil Painting
$1516
Canvas Print
$49.54
SKU: WJW-976
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 100.3 x 73.7 cm
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Miranda - The Tempest, 1916 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Miranda - The Tempest 1916

Oil Painting
$783
Canvas Print
$48.92
SKU: WJW-977
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 100.4 x 137.8 cm
Private Collection

A Mermaid, 1900 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

A Mermaid 1900

Oil Painting
$950
Canvas Print
$46.81
SKU: WJW-978
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 96.5 x 66.6 cm
Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

The Siren, 1900 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

The Siren 1900

Oil Painting
$857
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-979
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 81 x 53 cm
Private Collection

Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus, 1900 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus 1900

Oil Painting
$1157
Canvas Print
$45.08
SKU: WJW-980
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 149 x 99 cm
Private Collection

Psyche Opening the Golden Box, 1903 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Psyche Opening the Golden Box 1903

Oil Painting
$898
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-981
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 117 x 74 cm
Private Collection

Echo and Narcissus, 1903 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Echo and Narcissus 1903

Oil Painting
$1251
Canvas Print
$47.80
SKU: WJW-982
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 109.2 x 189.2 cm
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Windflowers, 1902 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Windflowers 1902

Oil Painting
$1157
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-983
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 114 x 79 cm
Private Collection

Vanity, c.1908/10 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Vanity c.1908/10

Oil Painting
$914
Canvas Print
$101.95
SKU: WJW-984
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 66 x 68.6 cm
Collection Peter Nahum, London, United Kingdom

Destiny, 1900 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Destiny 1900

Oil Painting
$832
Canvas Print
$55.98
SKU: WJW-985
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 68.5 x 54.6 cm
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, United Kingdom

Ariadne, 1898 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Ariadne 1898

Oil Painting
$898
Canvas Print
$49.59
SKU: WJW-986
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 91 x 151 cm
Private Collection

Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses, 1891 by Waterhouse | Painting Reproduction

Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses 1891

Oil Painting
$914
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: WJW-987
John William Waterhouse
Original Size: 149 x 92 cm
Art Gallery, Oldham, United Kingdom

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