Date Born/Est
21 Nov 1747
Date Died/Ceased
30 Dec 1821
Biographical Display
A landscape painter who moved to London in 1763 and spent several years working under Richard Wilson. He was a member of the Society of Artists from 1768 to 1773 and entered the R.A. Schools in 1769. In the summer of 1773, he an his brother George went to Houghton to draw the pictures which were later mezzotinted by Earlom and published by Boydell. In the late 1770s he returned to the North of England, remaining until 1781, during which time he sketched in the Lake District. In 1781 he moved back to London and he lived there, at the political heart of the art world, for the rest of his life. He was elected A.R.A. and R. A. in 1783 and 1785, and in 1793 he began to keep his diary, which is one of the most important sources of knowledge of arts of the period.
In his finished topographical drawings he first sketched his subject lightly in pencil, then added painstaking pencil black or brown ink outlines and finally grey or brown wash, with occasional local colour such as blue. The whole effect is careful and self controlled. His sketchbooks however show him in a freer and more dashing vein.
(Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists, Vol I. P 241)
Place Of Birth
Leigh/Manchester/Greater Manchester/England
Place Of Death
Didsbury/Manchester/Greater Manchester/England


Objects Associated with this Person

4 postcards depicting paintings of the London Thames REF.2039; documents; 4 postcards depicting paintings of the London Thames; Southern Arts Newsletter No.34 July/Aug. 2001; Ditto No.36 Nov/Dec 2001; Ditto No.37 Jan/Feb 2002; Southern Arts- Collection of writing 2001; Southern & South East Arts- Art Outlook No. 79 2002; Arts Industry- Newsletter No. 101 Nov 2003; The Arts Council of England- Leaflet entitled "The First National Programme in Art Management"; Arts Council England, South East- Newsletter October 2003; Arts Council, England,South East-Newsletter No.4 2003; Reading Museum & Art Gallery- Catalogue "Paintings of the Thames Valley" 1968; Reading Museum & Art Gallery- Catalogue "Berkshire Observed" 1981; "Artists and the Thames" Article by Richard Boston Feb. 1999; Un-named catalogue covering: Royal Thames Estuary,Greenwich/Royal Palace, Ship Building at Deptford, Royal Barge Henley; Southeby's South-Report on water colour 2138 re sale of select paintings 25/5/2000 with photograph; Bonham's- Report on two paintings featured in an auction 7/3/2000 including one being Henley Bridge & The Angel on the Bridge with photograph; The Bollard Collection- Paintings of the River Thames; Sundry photostat copies of old prints of the Thames; Art postcards featuring the Thames; Howland & Company-Catalogue 68-Sept. 2001 "The Ship's Library"; Thames Literature:-; "On the Air" Richard Jefferies; "On the River"; "Clinging to the wreckage" John Mortimer; Essays and Ideas of Culture 1750-1900- John Lucas; "The Victorians and Water"; The life of the fields"; Thames Poetry and song:-; The Thames in Poetry and song- York Hopewell; Boating- Christopher Dodd- OUP 1983; Anthology of Poem- Recorded Feb. 1961; Thames Artists:-; Biographical note on Walter Greaves 1846-1930; Notes on a photograph of George Dunlop Leslie; Reading Museum & Art Gallery- Leaflet on William Havell 1782-1857; Punch cartoon of animal figures rowing-14/3/1891; The Parker Gallery- Catalogue of the Rickett Collection of Rowing (undated); Miscellaneous articles on Thames Artists; Art Auctions:-; George Kidner, Valuers- Report dtd. 19/5/2000 on an oil painting signed "J.Constable"; Bonhams- Photos of un-mamed water colours; B.B.G. Ambrose, Valuers- Details of a water colour"Shiplake Hill" signed Wm. G. Swinburne 1915; Southeby's- Photo of lot 818 in their sale 8/9/1998; Sotheby's- Condition report lot 16 "View of Gravesend from the Thames" Robert Dodd 1748-1815; Bristol Auction Rooms- Valuers details of "Say Place, Henley-on-Thames" Col. W.R.Banting 1881-1936; Bonhams- Details of "Rowing Men" James Stroudley 1906-1985; Thesaurus Information- Details of "Maidenhead Bridge" Sylvester Staunard 1870-1951; Thesaurus Information- Details of "Clivedon Woods Nr. Maidenhead" A.R.Quinton 1853-1934; Phillips, Valuers- Lot 368 Auction 4/8.1999- no title; Thesaurus Information- Wargrave on Thames- G.A.Fripp 1865; Christies- Condtion Report "View of Windsor Castle with rowing boats on the Thames , bathers in the foreground" English School c1830; Southeby's Details of "Sunset on the Thames, Chiswick" Pissarro; Christies- Details of "The Ferry, Culham on Thames" F.Miles late 19th century; Simmons & Son- Details of "Toll Bridge, Whitchurch on Thames" Ellen Soar and "View of the Thames, Twickenham" 19th century etching;