(b London, 13 June 1692; d Canterbury, 3 Mar. 1780). English painter (mainly of portraits) and writer. He studied at Kneller's Academy and had a considerable practice as a portraitist by the 1720s. His early work is in the manner of Jonathan Richardson, but from the 1730s his portraits became more elegant as he responded to the Rococo influences that began to pervade English painting at this time. Some of his more informal works, however, have a directness and freshness that recall Hogarth (Mr Oldham and Friends, c.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)