Very few details exist today about the life of this highly gifted Victorian painter. He is recorded as having spent some thirty years in Venice, painting almost exclusively Venetian subjects, both in oils and watercolour. At his best he captured beautifully the romantic and evocative nature of that great city, and it was in watercolour that he excelled with his sensitive and superbly drawn depictions of everyday life.
Between 1828 and 1849 he is recorded as having shown works at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street, these invariably views of Venice, although he did paint the occasional English landscape.
He is represented today by works in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Gallery in Dublin and the Huntingdon Library in California.