J. Henry Sandham was born in 1842, in Montréal Québec. He studied with his father, an artist himself, followed by an apprenticeship with photographer William Notman. He then became assistant of John Arthur Fraser, Notman's partnet, and head of the Art Department.
a painter, photographer, and illustrator whose reputation was established by his paintings and watercolours on Canadian subjects (Hunters Returning with their Spoil, 1877). Sandham was part of the landscape movement that characterized Canadian art at the time of confederation.
In 1868 he moved to Toronto to open a second branch of Notmans studio, later becomming a partner until 1882, the company was renamed Notman & Sandham.
Sandham won a silver medal at the universal exposition in Paris in 1878 for his composite photograph of the Montréal Snow Shoe Club.
In 1880 Sandham became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. Durint this time he also travelled to England and France eventually settling in Boston where he worked as an illustrator. He exhibited regularly at the Boston Art Club and was eventually elected vice-president.
Not staying in one place long, Sandham continued traveling and painting in Belgium, Italy, Haiti and the Azores. He finally settled in London, England in 1901 where he pursued his career as an illustrator and creating his own works during his free time.
He died in 1910.