Born at Greenwich, London, 28 July 1812. At eleven, he entered the studio of Theodore Fielding (1781-1851). In 1829 he went to Paris where he worked with Newton Fielding (1799-1856) and, in 1831, he shared a studio there with Thomas Shotter Boys.
He exhibited regularly at the Salon and for a time taught drawing to the children of King Louis-Philippe. Between 1835 and 1862 he made a series of walking tours in central and southern Europe. London became his base once more, until he settled at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, in 1855.
He exhibited regularly with the Old Water-Colour Society (he became an Associate in 1838 and a Member ten years later). He also exhibited twenty-nine works at the Royal Academy from 1850 to 1876, which were mainly landscapes of scenes from throughout Europe. Source: "Town, Country, Shore and Sea," Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; 1982 exhibition catalogue. .