Ernest Procter (1886-1935) was born in Tynemouth, Northumberland. From 1907-10 he was a member of the artists' colony in Newlyn, Cornwall, studying at Stanhope Forbes' school of painting. In 1910 he went to study in Paris at Atelier Colarossi. He married fellow painter Dod Shaw in 1912 and they lived in France for a number of years. It was not until 1918 that they returned to Newlyn.Procter was a fine landscape painter but he is better known for his portraits. During the First World War Procter served with the British Red Cross Society as an orderly in Dunkirk, documenting his experiences in works of art. After the war he and his wife were commissioned to decorate the Kokine Palace in Burma (1919-20). By the end of the 1920s he turned to more allegorical and religious subjects. Along with other Newlyn artists he produced works to decorate the Parish Church of St. Hilary, Newlyn, Cornwall.