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William Henry Margetson - Early 20th Century Graphite Drawing, Figurative Sketch



William Henry Margetson - Original Early 20th Century Graphite Drawing. With body colour. Unsigned. On wove. Wear to left edge, otherwise in fine condition.

William Henry Margetson (1861 - 1940) was an English painter and illustrator, mainly known for his aesthetic portraits of women. Margetson studied at Dulwich College, and later at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1885 he had his first exhibition at the Royal Academy, and later also at the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Grosvenor Gallery. 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. A portrait of Alfred Tennyson by Margetson hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London in London. Margetson also worked as an illustrator of books.


32 x 26cm (12.6" x 10.2")

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Part of a collection of drawings and paintings by British artist William Henry Margetson (1861-1940) including figural sketches and a signed book cover design.

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Code np844
Artist William Henry Margetson
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 32 x 26cm
Framed No
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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