Peter De Wint
British Romantic painter
Peter de Wint was born at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, in England. He moved to London in 1802, and was apprenticed to John Raphael Smith, a mezzotint engraver and portrait painter. He bought his freedom from Smith in 1806 and that year visited Lincoln for the first time. There, John Varley gave De Wint further lessons and introduced him to Dr. Monro, who ran an informal academy for young artists. De Wint first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807, and the following year at the Gallery of Associated Artists in Watercolours. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1809. He was elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1810 and was made a full member the following year. He frequently visited his wife's home city of Lincoln, and many of his landscapes and other scenes are set in Lincolnshire. He died in 1849.