The Crystal Ball (painting)

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The Crystal Ball
John William Waterhouse - The Crystal Ball.JPG
Artist John William Waterhouse
Year 1902
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 120.7 cm × 87.7 cm (47.5 in × 34.5 in)
Owner Private collection

The Crystal Ball is a painting by John William Waterhouse completed in 1902.[1] Waterhouse displayed both it and The Missal in the Royal Academy of 1902. The painting shows the influence of the Italian Renaissance with vertical and horizontal lines, along with circles "rather than the pointed arches of the Gothic".[2]

Part of a private collection,[3] the painting has been restored to show the skull which had been covered by a previous owner.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Crystal Ball". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Hobson, Anthony. 1989. J. W. Waterhouse. Oxford: Phaidon Christie's. page 81. ISBN 0-7148-8066-3
  3. ^ Noakes, Aubrey. 2004. Waterhouse: John William Waterhouse. London: Chaucer Press. page 76. ISBN 1-904449-39-5