(b Hanley [now part of Stoke-on-Trent], Staffordshire, 21 Jan. 1784; d London, 30 June 1849). English landscape painter of Dutch extraction. From 1802 to 1806 he was apprenticed to the engraver, miniaturist, and painter John Raphael Smith (1752–1812), and he later studied at the Royal Academy, had advice from John Varley, and frequented the house of Dr Monro. Although he painted in oils a good deal, he achieved little success in this field and is best known as one of the finest watercolourists of his generation.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)