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On a warm day in Britain

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"Female beauty, both natural and unattainable"
a painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist JW Waterhouse
Image: Royal Academy

An exhibit of JW Waterhouse's paintings, drawings and sketchbooks has opened at the Royal Academy.

In his paintings, women are often on a threshold - between life and death, water and earth.

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