Chris le Roy (1884-1969) was born in Deventer in The Netherlands in 1884. He trained at the Royal Military Academy in Breda, and started his career in the army. When he was stationed in Leiden, he got acquainted with the artist Floris Verster, who advised him on his painting. After he was discharged due to his rheumatism he spent more of his time as an artist. By far most of his reputation came from his work on flora and fauna for posters and calendars.