Peter de Wint was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, the son of a Dutch physician. In 1802, he moved to London and was apprenticed to John Raphael Smith. In 1806, he negotiated an early release from his apprenticeship and, in the following year, exhibited three landscapes at the Royal Academy. Two years later he entered the Royal Academy schools. He was elected a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1811 and would exhibit over 400 paintings at their premises. In 1810 de Wint married Harriet Hilton, sister of the painter William Hilton, and all three lived together in Soho until 1827, when the de Wints moved to Bloomsbury. De Wint made extensive annual tours of the UK throughout his career. He died from severe bronchitis in 1849.
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