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William Henry Margetson RI RMS ROI (1861-1940)


William Henry Margetson, RI RMS ROI (1861-1940)

Best known as a figurative artist, William Henry Margetson was equally successful as a painter and an illustrator. He became popular as an illustrator of adventure stories and fairy tales in the 1890s, and then gained a reputation as a painter of beautiful young women, sitting or standing in contemplation, at home or in the garden.

William Henry Margetson was born at 21 Grove Hill Terrace, Denmark Hill, London, on 1 December 1861, the younger son of the Yorkshire-born export merchant, Edward Margetson, and his Lancashire-born wife, Eleanor (née Bradshaw), the daughter of an engraver. In 1871, the family was living at 194 Camberwell Grove, and in 1881 at 210 Camberwell Grove.

Margetson was educated at Miss Pace’s School, 122 Camberwell Grove, and Dulwich College, leaving the latter in 1877. He studied at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, and then, from 1878, at the Royal Academy Schools, winning the first of several prizes that August. In 1881, while still a student, he began to exhibit works at the principal London galleries, including two paintings at the Society of British Artists.

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