Nestor Cambier was born in the town of Couillet in 1879 and took his early art instruction from Gustave Vanaise at the Academy of Brussels. Vanaise was regarded as one of the premier portrait and figure painters in Belgium and obviously influenced Cambier with his decision to pursue a similar career. Whilst in his mid-twenties he visited America, a country that he would return to numerous times throughout his career, and whilst there was commissioned to design the stained-glass windows for the cathedral in Newark, New Jersey. In 1914, at the outbreak of WWI he fled to England where he would remain for eight years gaining a tremendous reputation as a portrait painter to Britain’s aristocracy. Returning to Belgium in 1922 he continued with his portraiture but also added landscapes, still-lifes and interiors to his oeuvre. His greatest achievement came in 1935 when he was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Queen Astrid of Belgium, a portrait still retained in the Belgian Royal Collection.