(b ?Lincolnshire, ?1626; bur. London, 11 Aug. 1704). English painter, etcher, and draughtsman, mainly of animal subjects, known as ‘the father of British sporting painting’. He painted numerous large canvases for decorative schemes (examples are at Ham House in London and Clandon Park in Surrey) and was also a prolific book illustrator, his etchings for an edition of Aesop's Fables published in 1666 being particularly well known. His work is vividly observed, with an almost naive charm.

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

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