He was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, Julian’s in Paris, and at the Slade School in London. He was a painter and a textile designer and taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1903 onward, became Head of the Textile School in 1930. He first showed his work with the Royal Academy, but he worked with Roger Fry and the Omega Workshop on the Borough Polytechnic murals in 1911 and exhibited at the second Post-Impressionist show in 1912. In 1913 he became a founder-member of the London Group, and was President of the Group from 1918 to 1923. He married Thérèse Lessore, an artist who later became the third wife of Walter Sickert.