(b London, 27 Jan. 1832; d Kew, Surrey [now in Greater London], 22 Dec. 1915). English painter and illustrator. In the 1850s he was one of the most distinguished of the Pre-Raphaelite sympathizers, remarkable for his lyrical delicacy of colour and drawing. Two paintings are particularly well known: April Love (1856, Tate, London), which Ruskin called ‘exquisite in every way’, and The Long Engagement (1859, City AG, Birmingham).
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)