(b Snitterfield, Warwickshire, c.1682; bur. London, 3 Nov. 1764). English landscape and sporting painter. He is best known for pictures involving horses, with which he made a handsome living, but his main contribution to British painting was the introduction of the ideal landscape—Horace Walpole said his works in this vein ‘approached towards Gaspar Poussin [i.e. Dughet], and sometimes imitated happily the glow of Claude Lorrain’.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)