A prolific plein-air painter in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Walter Farndon was born in Coventry, England and began studying art as a child. At age eleven, his family moved to Yonkers, New York. He soon began working as a carpet designer and later took classes at the National Academy of Design. In 1897, along with Jonas Lie and Ivan Gregorewitch Olinsky, Farndon formed the Country Sketch Club in New Jersey. Throughout his career, Farndon primarily painted in New York, New Jersey, and New England.
Farndon exhibited his work widely during his lifetime, with pieces featured at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Academy of Design. Additionally, he was awarded many prizes by the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club. Farndon joined the New York Watercolor Club in 1927 and the National Arts Club in 1930. In 1937, he was elected National Academician. Farndon’s work is currently held in prominent collections including the Brooklyn Museum.