(b North Shields, Northumberland [now in Tyne and Wear], 4 Feb. 1825; d Weybridge, Surrey, 27 Mar. 1899). English painter and illustrator. He was trained as a wood engraver and early in his career designed many book illustrations. After c.1858, however, he devoted himself primarily to watercolour painting of rustic subjects in a sweetly sentimental style that has made him a favourite artist for manufacturers of greetings cards.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)