John William Waterhouse Biography
Birthday: April 6, 1849 (Aries)
Born In: Rome, Italy
John William Waterhouse was an English painter known for his work in the Academic style and later the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's style and subject matter. Inspired by strong and stunning female figures, his artwork mostly consists of depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. He was born in Rome to English parents, both of whom were painters. He later moved to London, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Art. He started exhibiting at their annual summer exhibitions. He gained great fame and popularity when his painting ‘Consulting the Oracle’ was purchased by Sir Henry Tate. His work can be currently found at several major British art galleries as well as the Royal Academy of Art, which had organized a major retrospective of his work in 2009, many years after his death.