Sir Roger de Grey was born in Buckinghamshire, the nephew of the painter Spencer Gore. He studied art at the Chelsea Polytechnic from 1937-47, spending the war years with the Royal Armoured Corps. De Grey had a notable teaching career, holding important posts at Kings College, Newcastle University, the Royal College of Art, and the City and Guilds of London Art School. He was President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 1984 to 1994. De Grey was a landscape painter, working in both Kent and south-west France. He liked to paint in the open air in the summer and rework his canvases indoors in the winter. The outdoor studies for this landscape were done at Le Rouret, Alpes Maritimes.