William Hatherell was a painter and illustrator.
Hatherell specialised in figure and landscape painting. His O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? was bought by the Chantrey Bequest in 1913. He also contributed illustrations to the Graphic and Harper's Magazine. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour in 1888 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1901.
Hatherell exhibited regularly in London with these institutes as well as with the Royal Academy, Dudley Art Gallery, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, the latter society which elected JW its President in 1886. He also exhibited with the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.
Hatherell was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631).
Johnson, J., and Anna Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 Woodbridge, 1980; http://www.getty.edu/research (accessed 2003).