Richard Ansdell was born in Liverpool in 1815. He did not decide to seriously study art until he was 21, but in 1837 he was elected to the Liverpool Academy. In 1840 he sent two works to exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, and he was elected President of the Liverpool Academy in 1845. However the success of his work The Battle of the Standard exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1848, encouraged a moved to London, where he settled in Kensington and enjoyed collaborating with fellow artists around him. However his work continued to be popular in the north of England, and Ansdell’s work was exhibited in Manchester and Liverpool many times. He took a summer home in the highlands of Scotland and used the surrounding landscape as inspiration for his many animal and sporting paintings.