He was educated at Stroud Green, and studied art at the Grosvenor Studio, St. John's Wood Art School. He started a career as a magazine illustrator in 1895, which included working on Ally Sloper's Half Holiday and The Gem. He was particularly interested in drawing and painting animals, and made a study of the animals in the Zoological Society's collection in 1895-1901. He illustrated numerous books on wildlife subjects.
He married Mary Kincaid, daughter of a master printer, in 1906, and they settled in Glasgow, apart from a year he spent in Paris, where he studied at Julian's and produced pastel street scenes. He died in Glasgow on 15 December 1926. His nephew Basil Reynolds was also a comic artist.
- Simon Houfe, The Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators, Antique Collectors' Club, 1996, p. 232
- Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, Antique Collector's Club, 1994, pp. 367-368
- Richard Smyth, Breeding Of The Weasel, Clutterbuck, 10 September 2012, plus comments by Joanna Slack