John William Waterhouse was born in Rome as a son of the painters William and Isabela Waterhouse. He examined painting under his dad before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1870. His initial works were of old-style subjects in the soul of Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton. In 1883 he wedded Esther Kenworthy, a quality schoolmaster from Ealing who had shown her bloom paintings at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. They had no youngsters. In 1895 Waterhouse was chosen for the situation with a full Academician.
He instructed 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, an investigation of Elaine of Astolat, who kicks the bucket of anguish when Lancelot won’t cherish her. He painted three distinct forms of this character in 1888, 1896, and 1916.