||William Green was born in Manchester on 25 August 1760. Working as a surveyor, he first visited the Lake District on a survey of Lancaster. Encouraged by Thomas West to become an artist, he moved to London in 1796 to try his hand at it professionally (Burkett). Frustrated by the London art world, he moved to Ambleside in 1800 to commit a method of “adher[ing] as faithfully as possible to nature” (Burkett 20). Green spent the rest of his life in Ambleside, sketching the Lake District, and, as Mary Burkett writes, the “Romantic visualization of the Lake District certainly owed much to his paintings” (ODNB). Green died in Ambleside on 29 April 1823; William Wordsworth wrote his epitaph (ODNB).