(b Dickleburgh, nr. Diss, Norfolk; bapt. Tivetshall St Mary, nr. Dickleburgh, 5 Jan. 1746; d London, 19 May 1813). English painter, a pupil of Zoffany. He was a gentleman painter and his work is rare. His portraits are unexceptional, but he painted a small number of genre scenes that are amongst the finest of their time in English art, notable for their unaffected charm and sureness of tone (Girl Plucking a Turkey, 1776, Tate, London). They have something of the quiet dignity of Chardin, with whose work he may have been familiar (he is said to have visited France).
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.