William Henry Margetson (London, December 1861 – Wallingford, Oxfordshire, 2 January 1940) was an English painter and illustrator, mainly known for his aesthetic portraits of women. Margetson painted in oils and watercolours. He made his name with portraits of beautiful women, often with modern hairstyles and hats.
He also created religious and allegorical artworks. To begin with he worked in an academic, Victorian style. Later he would use a looser brushstyle inspired by the post-impressionists and the pre-raphaelites, and in particular Lawrence Alma-Tadema. His most successful work was the classically decorative The Sea Hath its Pearls, which he exhibited in 1897 at the Royal Academy, now in the possession of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Australia. He died in 1940, at the age of 78.
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