Reginald Aspinwall was born in Preston in January 1858 and first studied art at Preston Art School. He moved to Lancaster in the early 1870s and was a highly successful student teacher at the Lancaster School of Art. He was honoured with a prize for 'Landscape Painting from nature' in 1881 and went on to exhibit at both the Royal Cumbrian Academy and the Royal Academy in London from 1884 to 1908.
Aspinwall was a prolific artist who painted landscapes in both watercolours and oils. The quality of his work however, varies greatly and this variability may have been linked to the artist's growing dependancy on alcohol. He died in poverty in 1921. This note from his obituary laments:
"It was the old story of 'Wine in, Wisdom out' and the nation was robbed of talents which many would have given thousands to possess."