George Swinstead was born in 1860 into an artistic family, as his father Charles and brother Alfred were both accomplished painters.
In 1881 George Swinstead entered the Royal Academy School and a year later he held his first exhibition there.
Although for many years his principal work consisted of portraits and genre, he also devoted much time to the coastal scenes on which his exhibitions concentrated in later years.
Swinstead was a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colours, and the Painter Stainer's Company. He also found the time to write two books, entitled My Old World Garden and How I Made It In A London Suburb. Swinstead died in 1926.