Highmore, Joseph an English painter, was born at London in 1692, and was articled to an attorney in 1707, against his inclination. He employed his leisure hours in painting, finally commenced it as a profession, and soon met with employment. Shortly after he was commissioned by the duke of Richmond to do some work. In 1732 he visited the continent for the purpose of seeing the Dusseldorf Gallery, and two years after he went to France in order to examine the galleries there. He executed a series of pictures, which were engraved and published in 1745. Among his sacred subjects were, The Good Samaritan; The Finding of Moses; Hagar and Ishmael. He died in 1780. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Rose, Biog. Dict. s.v.