Frederick Verner was born in Sheridan Ontario and studied at Hetherleys Academy of Arts in London England (1856-1860 before joining the British army. He returned to Toronto in 1862 to work as a professional photograph colorist and then as a photographer. He became a long time friend of Paul Kane's. Verner painted native people, buffalo and the Canadian west landscape. He accompanied Alexander Morris to the signing of the third Northwest Angle Treaty at Lake of the Woods in 1873. He moved permanently to London but continued to visit Canada to paint and exhibit in Toronto. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.