(b Scaleby, nr. Carlisle, 30 Oct. 1733; d Brompton, Middlesex [now in London], 8 Mar. 1807). English animal painter. He began his career as an apprentice to Samuel Scott, the marine painter, but turned to the painting of horses, making a name with ‘portraits’ of celebrated racers. In occasional large canvases he contrived his own blend of horse and history painting (The Election of Darius, c.1772, York AG).
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)