After beginning his career as a copyist and engraver in the Havell studios, London, he set up his own engraving business working mainly on sporting and shipping subjects. Wood notes that most of his later marine works (paintings) were coastal and port subjects, as his knowledge of the sea was not great enough to paint marine subjects. He also painted landscapes and animals.
His titles include a hand-coloured restrike etching of Falmouth.
Painter of coastal subjects in watercolour, etcher, engraver
works and access
Works include: Falmouth (restrike etching)
Access to work: Bradford; Birmingham; Glasgow; V&A, London
BI; NWS; OWS; RA; SS
Martin Hardie Watercolour Painters in Britain (V III pp75-7)
Melissa Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p323)
Houfe (1996 Rev) Dict of 19th Century British Book Illustrators (Bibl)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (bibl)