Archie Stuart Wortley came from a distinguished family. His father was Solicitor General, while his sister Mary, Countess of Lovelace, was much involved in the Arts and Crafts movement. He married into the family of the Dukes of Newcastle and studied under Sir John Everett Millais. In 1874 he submitted a view entitled In Wharncliffe Chase - Winter to the Royal Academy and subsequently devoted himself to sporting subjects and portraits, his most celebrated picture being the likeness of W.G. Grace, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890, no. 1003, and presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club by its members.