John William Waterhouse RA (6 April 1849-10 February 1917) was an English painter . His works were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend .
Waterhouse was born in Rome to a family of English artists. He later moved to London, where he entered the Royal Academy of arts . He soon began showing his annual summer exhibitions, focusing on creating large canvases depicting scenes from everyday life and the mythology of Ancient Greece.
Waterhouse's work is currently displayed in several major British galleries.