William Waterhouse was born in Rome, where his
parents, both painters, lived for some years.
On coming to England, Waterhouse studied first
at his father's studio, then at the Royal Academy
Schools from 1870. His early classical paintings
were much influenced by Laurens Alma Tadema,
and he also produced lighter pictures of Italian
Subsequently he began to depict more poetical
subjects, especially from Tennyson, and later,
Homer. While very much a classical painter,
Waterhouse has been often classed as a Pre-Raphaelite,
because of his dedication to beautiful girls
in the Pre-Raphaelite style, fondness for the
idea of the femme fatale, and realism.