Walter Farndon was born in Coventry, England, in 1876. As a young man he worked as a designer at a carpet company, painting floral motifs. He then studied at the National Academy with Edgar M. Ward. A plein-air landscape painter, he painted in New Jersey, New York, and throughout New England. During the late 1890s he carved most of his own frames. He exhibited widely during his lifetime, at the Pennsylvania Academy, Corcoran Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, and the National Academy, among many other locations. He was elected as an Associate of the National Academy in 1928 and Academician in 1937. He died in 1964. Today, his works hang at the Brooklyn Museum, Metroplitan Museum, and National Academy.