She became an artists model to help pay her tuition at the London Polytechnic, which led to her meeting Herbert Draper, who used her as a model for several of his paintings.Through him she became a favoured model for several artists, including John William Godward and Linley Sambourne, for whom she posed nude in a series of photographic studies. She was also sketched by James McNeill Whistler.
She began training as an actress at Henry Neville's acting school in the late 1890's, and first appeared on stage at the Grande Theatre in Fulham in July 1900 as Emilie de L'Esparre in The Corsican Brothers.
|Hydrangeas, by Philip Wilson Steer|
|The Lament for Icarus, by Herbert James Draper (Warwick is the woman holding Icarus in her lap)|
|Study of Miss Ethel Warwick, by John William Godward|
|Portrait of Miss Ethel Warwick, by Philip Wilson Steer|
|Convalescent (Ethel Warwick), by Philip Wilson Steer|