R. Caton Woodville

Painter and illustrator Richard Caton Woodville (1856–1927), also known as R. Caton Woodville, was born in London on 7 January 1856. Woodville's mother, Antoinette Marie, née Schnitzler, painted portraits. His father Richard Caton Woodville (1825–1855) was an American painter who immigrated to London in 1852. Woodville studied in Russia, Düsseldorf, and Paris under Eduard von Gebhardt between 1876 to 1877, as well as J. L. Gérôme. He is best remembered for his military illustrations, especially for The Illustrated London News, during the Russo-Turkish War (1878), the Egyptian campaign (1882), the Boer Wars (1880–1881 and 1899–1902), and the First World War (1914-1918). His work with ILN began in 1877 when he returned to London. Woodville exhibited at the Royal Academy beginning in 1879 and was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1882. He received France’s Palmes académiques. Woodville executed commissions for Queen Victoria among notable European royalty, and several Indian princes. He married Annie Elizabeth Hill (b. 1854/5) that year, but they divorced in 1893. Afterwards, Woodville married Nellie Waddington, née Curtis, and after their divorce he cohabitated with, but never married, Madeleine Adelaide Scott (1876–1926). Woodville’s romantic life may be the cause of his never receiving a knighthood. He is the father of painter and illustrator William P. Caton Woodville (b.1884). Woodville committed suicide in London on 17 August 1927.

Further Reading:


Chamot, Mary, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin. The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. London: Oldbourne Press, 1964. Print.


Johns, Elizabeth and Paul Usherwood. "Woodville." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.


Stearn, Roger. "Woodville, Richard Caton (1856–1927)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. 2004. Web. 7 Oct. 2013.


Woodville, Richard Caton. Random Recollections. London: E. Nash, 1914. Print.


Waters, Grant M.."Woodville, Richard Caton, R.I. (1856-1927)." Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 363-364. Print.

Illustrations by R. Caton Woodville



Acloud188937 A cloud grew upon the face of the moon. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Agreatcleopatrailn593 A great wave came and swept me, riding, as it were, upon the spar, past bulwarks of the galley where the fierce-faced sailors clung to see me drown. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2612. 11 May 1889
Ahsaidcleopatrailn721 'Ah!' said the Queen, with a hard laugh, 'the slave died wondrous hard, and fain would have drawn me with him. See, he hath borrowed my garment for a pall! Take him away and bury him in his livery'. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2616. 8 June 1889
Allwerenadailn74 All were dead. The host of Zuide was no more.. Nada the Lily. Illustrated London News, vol. C no. 2752. 16 January 1892

Amidstthecleopatrailn393 Amidst the blare of trumpets came the Roman in. And while the heralds called out his name, titles, and offices, he fixed his gaze on Cleopatra . Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2606. 30 March 1889
Amightycleopatrailn431 A mighty bat flew forth... Cleopatra uttered a cry of terror, and the eunuch, who was watching, fell down in fear. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2607. 6 April 1889
Andallcleopatrailn77 And all the while she sits like yonder Sphinx, and smiles; and no man hath ever read all the riddle of her smile. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2596. 19 January 1889
Andascleopatrailn45 And as I knelt, a cloud grew upon the face of the moon and covered it up . Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2595. 12 January 1889

Andwe56 And we went forth.. Cleopatra. New Impression. 1927
Andwe188956 And we went forth.. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Awomancleopatrailn689 A woman entered, clad in the Grecian robes. It was Charmion.. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2615. 1 June 1889
Aywe188999 Ay, we will work like the worm at the heart of a fruit.. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889