English Classicist painter, Herbert James Draper was born in London in 1863, the son of a jeweler, Henry Draper. Herbert was educated at Bruce Castle School in Tottenham and later at the Royal Academy. During 1888-1892 he visited Rome and Paris, having won the Royal Academy Gold Medal and Traveling Studentship in 1889.
By the 1890s, he was working in London as an illustrator, and it was during this time that he met his wife-to-be, Ida Williams. It was also during this period that Draper focused mainly on mythological themes from ancient Greece. He was also responsible for the decoration of the ceiling of the Drapers’ Hall in the City of London.
Herbert Draper died on 22nd September 1920, of arteriosclerosis at the age of 56 in his home on Abbey Road – which shows there is more to Abbey Road, than the Beatles LP!