Henry George Todd was born in 1846 and later enrolled at the Royal Kensington School of Art, where he studied painting and drawing, and became a great admirer of the Dutch Masters. Although Todd was working in the family decorating and design business, he still found time to paint still life pictures and landscapes. He was always very sensitive about his work and the slightest criticism would cause him to either defer the work or in exceptional circumstances completely erase it. His independent mind and stubborn nature were said to have hampered his prosperity; he made little attempt to solicit patrons. In his day he was said to be one of the finest grape painters His work has a quality reminiscent of the Dutch School. Henry George Todd exhibited for many years, including the Royal Academy in 1888.