MARGETSON, William Henry

1861 - 1940

William Henry Margetson was born at Denmark Hill, Camberwell, Surrey on 1 December 1861, son of Edward Margetson (28 July 1834-2 April 1885), a commission merchant, and his wife Eleanor Bradshaw (1835-5 May 1912), eldest daughter of John Bradshaw, who married at St George's Church, Hulme, Lancashire on 12 June 1858. In 1871, William was a 9-year-old, living at Camberwell Grove, Camberwell with his parents, 36-year-old Edward and 36-year-old Eleanor and an elder brother, 11-year-old Edward. Educated at a Miss Pace's and studied at Dulwich College and at the South Kensington Schools before attending the Royal Academy Schools where he won a bronze medal in 1885. He taught drawing at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and his illustrations appeared in a variety of magazines, including 'Black & White', 'Cassellís', 'The English Illustrated Magazine', 'The Girls Realm', 'The Graphic', 'The Harmsworth Magazine', 'The Idler', 'The Pall Mall Magazine', 'The Penny Magazine', 'The Quiver', 'Sunday at Home' and 'The Tatler'. However, after the turn of the century, he concentrated increasingly on figure painting becoming noted for his paintings of beautiful girls, typically painted on large canvases in oils and watercolours and produced a few religious paintings as well as allegorical and classical canvases. Margetson, who exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885, was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1886-1891, and elected to the Royal Society of Miniature Painters in 1896, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1901 and to the Royal Institute in 1909. He married at St Mark's, St John's Wood, London on 20 June 1889, Helen Howard Hatton (16 January 1859-24 October 1955), daughter of author Joseph Paul Christopher Hatton, she was also a noted artist, and they had a son and two daughters including illustrator Hester Margetson (1890-1965). William Henry Margeson lived at Priory Cottage, Wallingford, Berkshire where he died on 2 January 1940 and cremated at Henley Road Crematorium, Caversham on 6 January 1940. Margetson was also a keen sailor, dancer, and gardener in his spare time. He signed his works 'W. H. Margetson'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 28 Great Ormond Street, London
1885 474 Elsie
         1072 'When I touch the guitar'
1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1905, 1912, 1913,
from The Homestead, Blewbury, Berkshire
1922 727 The Frog Prince - watercolour

Works by This Artist