William Henry Margetson was born in December of 1861 in London, England. He is most widely known as a painter and illustrator, primarily for his beautiful portraits of women.
William studied art at Dulwich College, and later at both the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts.
He painted in oils and watercolors in the Victorian style at first. Later he used the looser brushstrokes most associated with the post-impressionist style. He was famous for his paintings of beautiful women with "modern" hairstyles and hats. He also did religious paintings.
A portrait of Lord Alfred Tennyson painted by William Henry Margetson hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. This naked lady is not Alfred.
William started his career as an illustrator. That is where he met his wife, Helen Hatton, when they were working on a project together.
They lived in London, Blewbury, and Wallingford. He died in. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, in 1940 at the age of 78.