John William Waterhouse the Crystal Ball mouse pad. Oil painting on canvas from 1902. The Pre-Raphaelite English painter John William Waterhouse created some beautiful mythological and literary paintings. The Crystal Ball is an engaging work featuring a young woman in a flowing velvet red dress staring into a crystal ball. Her dark hair is pinned back in a bun, and she stands next to a desk with an open book, wand, and skull beside an open window. A great gift for fans of J.W. Waterhouse, fantasy, crystal balls, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Romantic English painting.