Born on 12 July 1867 in Bolton, Greater Manchester (GRO), his addresses consecutively were Hulme, Lancashire (1882), Bolton, Lancashire (1890) and North Wales (1895). No specific information is known about his time spent in Cornwall.

The painting known to have a Newlyn title was dated 1899, and is currently housed in Manchester City Art Gallery. His titles include another Newlyn title (in the Walker Gallery, Liverpool) and Home from the Fields. He died in Llandudno, Conway, Wales at age 75, on 3 February 1943 (GRO).