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(b Liverpool, 25 Aug. 1724; d London, 10 July 1806). English animal painter and engraver, celebrated as the greatest of all horse painters. He was the son of a leatherworker, and he followed his father's trade until he was about 16. As an artist he was virtually self-taught, although he worked briefly with the painter Hamlet Winstanley (1694–1756). His life up to his mid-thirties (which is poorly documented) was spent mainly in the north of England.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)