Son of a warehouse manager. His parents sympathetic to his artistic leanings, they felt a "proper job" better, pressured him to serve as an apprentice. He set aside part of his salary for painting lessons. Was turned down by the Academy in 1847, but later accepted. Quote page 19. Taught by portraitest Henry Rogers to convert the greens of landscape into socially acceptable ochres and browns.
1) The Pre-Raphaelites Inspiration from the Past, Terri Hardin, TODRI Book Publishers, New York, 1996.