John William Waterhouse – the last great Pre-Raphaelite artist

John William Waterhouse - The Lady of Shalott

The image above is called The Lady of Shalott and is actually the second painting I’ve seen by John William Waterhouse. The first? La Belle Dame Sans Merci. I included that one a little bit further down. That’s the one with the lady in a dress with a knight in armor. Remember how romantic chivalry used to be?

I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. Actually, still do every once in a blue moon. But in high school, I was really into it.

The Pre-Raphaelites heavily influenced Tolkien who in turn influenced everyone from Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons and Dragons to pretty much every Heavy Metal band in existence. So if you’re wondering who started the whole fantasy genre, well, too many to list. But you have to give a lot of credit to the Pre-Raphaelites. They romanticized both the fantasy genre and the medieval era.

John William Waterhouse was the last great Pre-Raphaelite

Waterhouse wasn’t the absolute last artist to carry on the Pre-Raphaelite tradition. He was just the last great one. His artwork is now in the millions of British pounds per piece. I know this since I’ve actually looked for it. I’d love to own one of his pieces, even a sketch.

It’s funny because Waterhouse didn’t even start off a Pre-Raphaelite. He actually started off an Academic painter.

I’m going to completely skip over his Academic part of his career. I’m only going to focus on after he made the change to a Pre-Raphaelite style artist.

Circe Offering The Cup to Odysseus (1891)

Circe Offering The Cup to Odysseus (1891)

I moved the rest of this article to Opium Tales.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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