John William Waterhouse Mermaid print. Oil on Canvas from 1900-1901. The English artist John Waterhouse drew extensively on literary and mythological themes. “A Mermaid” is one of his most beautiful and beloved paintings. The mermaid sits on the beach of a lagoon with a shell full of pearls combing her auburn hair while looking off into the distance. Her abalone colored tail is wrapped around her waist as the waves roll in. A great gift for fans of John William Waterhouse, the pre-Raphaelites, mermaids, mythological art, and Romantic English Painting.