Ernest George Fosbery was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1874. He studied painting under Franklin Brownell from 1890-79, and in Paris with Fernand Cormon from 1897-8.
In 1907 he was appointed Headmaster, of the Art Student's League of Buffalo, and taught at the Art Guild of Buffalo, for a year in 1910.
In 1911 he returned to Ottawa to teach at the Ottawa Art Association.
He became a member of the Union Internationale des Beaux Artes et des Lettres, Paris, in 1911. In 1912 he was written up in 'Canadian Men and Women of the Time'. He e became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy.
During the First World War he served in the Canadian Army in France. He was wounded in the Second Battle of the Somme, afterwards promoted to the rank of Major and became an official war artist, alongside A.Y. Jackson.
Ernest Fosbery did paintings for the Canadian War Memorials which included portraits of Pte. M.J. O'Rourke, V.C., and Sgt. W.T. Holmes, V.C.,they are now housed at the National Gallery of Canada. His works can also be found in the Supreme Court of Canada, The Senate, and the Dominion Archives.
Fosbery was elected full member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1929 and President from 1943 to 1946. He was Chairman of the Arts Reconstruction Committee, from 1944-5, and President of the Canadian Arts Council, from 1945-6.
He died at Cowansville, Québec in 1960.