||Joseph Farington was born in Leigh, Lancashire in 1747. He received an education in Manchester before moving to London to study with the landscape artist Richard Wilson. He returned to northern England in 1776, but only stayed four years before moving back to London (Greig v). He later traveled to the Netherlands and France. Farington was an extremely influential figure in the London art world, but sources seem to agree that this was not because of his talent for painting, but rather because of his dedication and leadership at the Royal Academy. Detailed information about the London art scene can be found in his diary, along with insights into political events and major figures of the moment; an early editor of his diaries speculates that he will one day be regarded as equal to Samuel Pepys (Greig vii). His diary keeping was cut short by his death from a fall in 1821.