Ernest William Haslehust was born at Walthamstow, Essex on 12th November 1866 to William Henry Haslehust (a Sugar Broker and Freeman of the City of
London) and Rosine Julia (nee Durand born Sark, Channel Island). Ernest William was educated at Felstead Grammar School in Essex and University College, London. He studied art at the Slade School
under Legros. He was a painter of landscapes, mainly in watercolour.
He was elected RI in 1924 and RBA in 1911 as well as being a Freeman of the City of London. Ernest William Haslehust exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the
Fine Arts, Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Ridley Art Club. He lived in South London and painted
in England and Holland. Ernest William Haslehust was responsible for the illustration of many books. Blackie & Sons published a series “The Beautiful England Series” which were
illustrated by him in conjunction with many authors including A G Bradley, John Geddie and G E Milton; such titles as The English Lakes; Edinburgh; The Thames and Dickens-land.
His name is frequently spelt Haslehurst in many publications and the school he attended is wrongly identified in some publications as being in Hastings, it was not.