(b Black Bourton, nr. Witney, Oxfordshire, 12 Nov. 1789; d Oxford, 7 Aug. 1862). English painter, mainly in watercolour, and occasional printmaker. He studied in London under John Varley but he worked chiefly in Oxford, and from as early as 1810 he was referred to as ‘Turner of Oxford’ to distinguish him from his great contemporary J. M. W. Turner. Most of his work consists of views in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties, although he made sketching tours in several other parts of England, Scotland, and Wales. At the outset of his career he was regarded as an artist of exceptional promise, but he settled into comfortable routine. Much of his life was devoted to teaching.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.