Roy Beddington came from a Jewish family and suffered from anti-Semitism in his youth. He was a fisherman who strongly wished to become an artist, but was unable to fully realize that dream. It was a dilemma with which he struggled all his life. As a painter, he illustrated several books, while as a fisherman, he wrote essays about fishing and was engaged in fishing-related associations. He studied at the Slade and later married rider Anna Griffith in 1952, although she committed suicide in 1967. Their daughter Rosa (1956-2001) became a famous biologist. Roy Beddington also wrote and illustrated his own books on fishing and wildlife motifs. He preferred watercolor painting and his two works submitted in 1948 were watercolors, including The Mouth of the River shown in the exhibition catalog.