Richard Westall was born in Hertford and apprenticed to an engraver on silver in Cheapside. He attended evening classes at the Royal Academy, where he was admitted as a student in 1785. After establishing his reputation was a watercolorist, he became an academician in 1794, along with his friend Thomas Lawrence. Afterwards Westall specialized in illustrating the English poets, working with the engravers James and Charles Heath. Late in life he taught drawing to the princess Victoria.
A day in spring and other poems. 1808.