Frank Moss Bennett was born in Liverpool, England on November 15, 1874 to Henry Mellor Bennett and Kate nee Stuart. At some point in time, Bennett enrolled at Browns House, Clifton College in Bristol where he studied until 1892. He then decided that he wanted to become an artist and enrolled that year, in the Slade School of Art in London, joining the Royal Academy School of Art four years later in 1986. While studying at the Academy, he won a gold medal and a travel scholarship in 1899.

While the introduction of photography in Britain in the 1830s put an end to Grand- manner portraiture, there was still a demand for portraits in the old academic style. As a result, Bennett painted many portraits throughout his artistic career for the nobility, wealthy middle class, ordinary men, women, children, his family, and one of King George IV.