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William Waterhouse was born in Rome to British parents on
April 6, 1849. He lived there for the first 6 years of
his life, absorbing the character of Italian culture
until his family's return to England.|
Waterhouse, known to his family as 'Nino', was an avid scholar of ancient history during his youth, and unlike most members of the Royal Academy his only tutorage in art was from his father. His first submission of a drawing to the R.A. was rejected, prompting him to seek admission as a sculptor. When admitted as a probationer in the Sculpture School in July of 1870 he was fortunately sponsored by a painter- F.R. Pickersgill. It was he who returned young Nino's attentions back to the art of painting.