Edward Atkinson Hornel was born on 17 July 1864 at Bacchus Marsh, Australia. Shortly after his birth, the Hornel family moved to Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Hornel studied art at The Trustees Academy, Edinburgh and then at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp. Hornel struggled to show his artwork, without moving to London, which he refused to do. Hornel focused on creating a garden at Broughton House, which is where he died on 30 June 1933.