William Margetson was a painter, illustrator and designer who studied at the Dulwich, South Kensington and Royal Academy schools. He worked as a drawing instructor in London but spent much of his life at Wallingford in Berkshire. His wife, Helen Hatton, was also an artist. Margetson exhibited widely in British galleries and at the Royal Academy from 1885. He was elected to the Royal Institute in 1909. Though popular during his lifetime, very little of Margetson’s work is held in public collections. In his early years as an artist Margetson produced black and white illustrative work in line and wash. His later work, for which he is most well-known, is of portraits and literary, religious and classical themed subjects painted in oils and watercolours. Margetson commonly painted pictures of pretty girls, depicted alone and large on the canvas. Many were portrayed in beach scenes. * * * Helen Howard Hatton (British painter) 1860 - 1955 Biography John Noott Galleries Helen Howard Hatton was born in Bristol, and studied at the Royal Academy Schools and in Paris. She was the daughter of Joseph Hatton, editor of “The Gentlemans Magazine, and during the 1880’s produced many illustrations for magazines. One of Helen Hatton’s co-illustrators was the artist William Henry Margetson, whom she was to marry. She exhibited several flower paintings and figurative subjects at the Royal Academy from 1885, under her maiden name, and two more from 1895 under her married name. Her later work included genre and single figure subjects in pastels. Their daughter Hester Margetson (1890-1965) became an illustrator.