Charles Ginner was born in Cannes, France. After working in an architect’s office he turned to painting, which he studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Soon after settling in London in 1909, Ginner became a member of the Camden Town Group alongside Walter Sickert (1860-1942) among other painters. When he began painting, Ginner’s subjects tended to be interiors and street scenes. After the First World War however, his attention shifted to the meticulous study of urban landscapes and individual buildings. He was particularly interested in the more run-down areas of Camden and other poor London neighbourhoods.