One of the Glasgow Boys, George Henry was born in Ayrshire. He took classes at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1880s and later worked at Cockburnspath with James Guthrie, who influenced his early work, and with Arthur Melville and Edward Walton. After meeting E.A. Hornel in 1885 Henry started painting in Galloway and later travelled with him to Japan, where they both remained for eighteen months. Henry painted in both oil and watercolour. His Galloway and Japan watercolours are among his finest work.