John William Waterhouse Cleopatra button. Oil painting on canvas from 1888. English painter John Waterhouse drew heavily on historical figures in his artwork, and Cleopatra is one of the artist’s most recognized historical paintings. Cleopatra sits on a leopard print chair in a white robe with a gold cloth belt. She wears a gold crown and bracelet and looks on with her hand on the head of an ivory lion. A great gift for fans of J.W. Waterhouse, Cleopatra, Egypt, ancient history, and English Romantic painting.