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John William Waterhouse


06 Apr 1849 - 10 Feb 1917




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


208.3 x 134.6 cm stretcher; 249.0 x 177.4 x 17.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown paint "J W Waterhouse 1882" .


Purchased 1886

Accession number


Artist information

John William Waterhouse

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


R.J. Jeffray, pre Apr 1886, Australia, Sold April 1886 through Messrs. Gemmell, Tucket and Co., at Devoirgilla, Toorak, Melbourne.

Henry Wallis, Apr 1886, Purchased by the AGNSW from Henry Wallis 1886

Referenced in 37 publications


Richard Beresford, Pre-Raphaelites and Olympians, selected works of Victorian art from the John and Julie Schaeffer and the Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 2001, unnumbered, pp 5, 53, col illus p 54.

Henry Blackburn (Editor), Academy notes 1882, London, 1882, p 77, illus p 77 (sketch).

Andrew Bolton Marvick, The art of John William Waterhouse: eclecticism in late nineteenth-century painting, New York, 1994, pp 99–101, 103, 179, 181–82.

John Christian, Victorian dreamers: masterpieces of neo-classical and aesthetic; movements in Britain, Tokyo, 1989, pp 131–32, no 58, col illus p 92, pl 58, illus p 131.

Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 6, illus p 6.

Renée Free and Peter Laverty, Victorian Olympians, Sydney, 1975, pp 28–29, no 38, col illus p 50.

Renée Free, Art and Australia, 'European Collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, p 67.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 205, illus p 205.

Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905-1906, vol 8, 1906, p 161.

Anthony Hobson, The art and life of J W Waterhouse, RA, 1849–1917, London, 1980, pp 31, 36, 65, 181, no 48, col illus p 27, pl 16.

Anthony Hobson, J W Waterhouse, Oxford, 1989, pp 25, 39–40, col illus p 27, pl 17.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 175, no 2236.

Arthur Mee, The children’s encyclopedia, London, [1939], illus p 5003.

Elizabeth Prettejohn, J W Waterhouse: the modern Pre-Raphaelite, 'Waterhouse's imagination', Groningen, 2008-2010, pp 26, 90, no 11, col illus p 91.

Tom Roberts, Argus, ‘The National Art Gallery of New South Wales’, Melbourne, 31 Oct 1891, p 4.

Rose E D Sketchley, Art Journal, Article, London, 1910, p 20, illus p 32.

Rose E D Sketchley, Art Journal, ‘The art annual: the art of J W Waterhouse, RA’, London, Dec 1909, p 32, illus p 20.

Peter Trippi, J W Waterhouse, 'Italy and classical heritage', London, 2002, pp 47, 49–51, 59, 62, 97, col illus pp 8 (detail), 48.

Angus Trumble (Curator), Love and Death: art in the age of Queen Victoria, Adelaide, 2001-2002, p 198, col illus p 199. Not exhibited.

Sydney Mail, ‘New picture for the Art Gallery’, Sydney, 28 Aug 1886, p 441, illus p 442 (in frame).

Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 15 Apr 1886.

Argus, ‘Mr Jeffray’s collection of pictures’, Melbourne, 15 Apr 1886, p 6.

Age, Melbourne, 15 Apr 1886.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts … the one hundred and fourteenth, London, 1882, p 56, no 1515.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'News of the day', Sydney, 17 Jul 1886, p 11.

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Music, the drama, and art’, Sydney, 02 Sep 1886, p 4.

Illustrated Sydney News, ‘The history of the Art Gallery of NSW’, Sydney, 22 Feb 1888, p 15, illus (sketch as part of article title).

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘National Art Gallery – the interchange question’, Sydney, 15 Oct 1895, p 3.

Catalogue of the second interchange loan collections of oil paintings and water-colour drawings exhibited in the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Galleries, April 1896, Sydney, 1896, p 67, no 4, illus p 66.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 1, no 2.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 6, no 2.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 18, no 20.

An exhibition of a selected number of subject pictures belonging to the national collection, typescript exh cat, Sydney, Jul 1943, p 1.

Old favourites, Sydney, 1954, np.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report for the year ended 30th June 1989, Sydney, 1989, p 75. Loan.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report for 2009, Sydney, 2009, p 96.

Victorian visions: nineteenth century art from the John Schaeffer collection, Sydney, 2010, p 16.