(b London, 26 March 1809; d at sea, off Malta,
13 Sept 1854).
English draughtsman, active also in the Near East,
Continental Europe and North America. He was a prolific artist and
an intrepid traveller. His work became widely known through numerous
engravings after his drawings published in his own and other
writers’ topographical books. His primary concern was to extract the
picturesque aspects of a place and by means of established pictorial
conventions to render ‘lively impressions of actual sights’, as he
wrote in the preface to The Nile Boat (London, 1849).
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