Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)
(b Taganrog, Sea of Azov, 18 Dec. 1835; d Teignmouth, Devon, 3 May 1918). British painter. He specialized in scenes from British history, particularly of the Tudor and Stuart periods, treated in an anecdotal and often melodramatic way that looks forward to Hollywood ‘costume’ movies. Most of his work has been forgotten, but one of his pictures has achieved enduring fame as an archetypal image of Victorian sentimentality, the Cromwellian tear-jerker ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ (1878, Walker AG, Liverpool).