(b Appledore, Devon, 22 Sept. 1799; d London, 14 July 1883). English painter and wood engraver. The son of a soldier, he spent five years in the navy, before moving to London in 1824 and studying at the Royal Academy. He was introduced to Blake and became one of his group of followers known as the Ancients. Even before this, however, he had created an outstanding work that was very much in Blake's spirit—A Primitive City (1822, BM, London), a tiny watercolour full of poetic ardour.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)