(b London, 26 May 1840; d St Fillans, Perthshire, 4 June 1875). English painter and illustrator. He was one of the most successful illustrators of the early 1860s, working for several leading periodicals, including Punch and the Cornhill Magazine, as well as on books. By the mid-1860s, he was turning from illustration to painting, and he became well known for scenes of rural life, treated with grace and pathos (The Vagrants, 1868, Tate, London). He also designed an acclaimed poster for a stage adaptation (1871) of Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White. His death from tuberculosis at the age of 35 was much lamented by his many friends in the art world; one of these, George Du Maurier, later used him as the model for the character Little Billee in his novel Trilby (1894). See also St John's Wood Clique.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.