Roland Batchelor (1889 - 1990) studied under the Punch artist George Morrow, later at Central School of Arts and Crafts, and the City and Guilds Art School. He visited France frequently from where he gained much of his inspiration. He much admired the work of Daumier, Rowlandson, Turner and Rembrandt and enjoyed observing people in everyday life, recording scenes and incidents in an anecdotal manner. He showed work regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters, becoming a member of the latter in 1966. He was the subject of a retrospective at the Bankside Gallery in 1987.