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(b Calais, 16 Apr. 1821; d London, 6 Oct. 1893). English painter. The son of a retired ship's purser, he spent his early life on the Continent; his training included a period with Wappers in Antwerp. In 1840–3 he lived in Paris, then settled in London in 1844; he visited Rome in 1845–6 and was impressed by the work of the Nazarenes. In 1848 he met Rossetti and through him became part of the Pre-Raphaelite circle; he was not a formal member of the Brotherhood, but he shared their beliefs that art should be true to nature and morally edifying.

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