(b Maidstone, Kent, 10 Apr. 1778; d London, 18 Sept. 1830). English critic. He is known mainly for his literary criticism, but he also wrote much on the fine arts and he ranks as the most important British writer on the subject between Reynolds and Ruskin. Early in his career he worked briefly as a portraitist (Charles Lamb, 1804, NPG, London), but he lived mainly by journalism, writing for numerous newspapers and journals.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)