William Henry Margetson R.I. (British, 1861-1940)

  • £12,500.00

William Henry Margetson R.I. (British, 1861-1940)

Golden Autumn

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed and dated '1925' lower right.
  • Provenance; Walshaw Hall Hostel, Bury, Lancashire.  The gift of Worshipful Brother Arnold Gibson.  See label verso.
  • Painting - 102cm x 66cm
  • Frame - 122cm x 86cm 

Lot Notes

A superb example of the work of important British painter and illustrator William Henry Margetson.  The painting has an interesting provenance having been gifted to Walshaw Hall - then a hostel for aged freemasons and their widows - by freemason Arnold Gibson.  Inscribed with the title and artist's name on the plaque lower centre.  Signed and dated lower right.  


In very fine condition.  The canvas not lined, torn, patched or repaired.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

William Henry Margetson was a British painter and illustrator, mainly known for his aesthetic portraits of women.  Margetson was born at Camberwell, London. He studied at Dulwich College, and later at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. In 1885 he first exhibited at the Royal Academy, and later also at the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Grosvenor Gallery. In late 1885 he won the Armitage Medal for his studies at the RA, which is now in the British Museum.  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 is in the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Margetson also worked as an illustrator of books. He was married to the artist Helen Hatton, who he met when they worked on an illustration project together. He lived and worked first in London and later in Blewbury and Wallingford. He died in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, in 1940, at the age of 78.