(b Leicestershire, c.1760; d London, c.5 Dec. 1802). English portrait painter. He was briefly a pupil of Hayman but seems to have been mainly self-taught. All his pictures are of male sitters, including many naval officers, most notably Horatio Nelson: he produced the best-known image of the much-portrayed hero, making numerous replicas (perhaps as many as 40), with slight variations on the basic pattern (1797–8, examples in NPG and Nat.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)