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William Henry Margetson

William Henry Margetson (1861-1940), born in Camberwell, London, was an accomplished Victorian painter and illustrator. His works take on the late Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite style that was prevalent at the time, focusing on beautiful women both from Classical Greece and the modern era. They are very reminiscent of similar works by John William Waterhouse, Sir. Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederick Lord Leighton.

Margetson studied at the South Kensington School of Art and later the Royal Academy, where he began exhibiting in 1885. His pictures show an interest in design and the arts and crafts movement, combining bright scenes with delicately patterned textiles and furniture. He was a member of the Royal Institute, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and exhibited frequently at the Grosvenor Gallery in London. He spent his time teaching drawing at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and made many illustrations for fairy tales and other publications.

A watercolour by Margetson of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson currently resides at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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