Walter Farndon, a native of Coventry, England, immigrated to the United States with his family in 1884, shortly after his enrollment in the Coventry Art School at the age of ten. Following the move to New York, Farndon continued to study and work in the arts and, drawing on the tradition of his family of stained glass and carpet designers, joined a carpet-making firm in the early 1890s to design and paint floral motifs. Farndon later attended the National Academy of Design, where he worked under Edgar M. Ward, and the Mechanics’ Institute, where he earned a degree in architectural drafting in 1912. Farndon exhibited extensively throughout the United States frequently garnering prizes for his submissions. He earned full membership in the prestigious National Academy in 1937. Although primarily a painter of the New York and New Jersey area, Farndon traveled to New England during the latter half of his career and regularly painted on Monhegan Island. Today, his works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the National Academy of Design.