Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was the son of Domingo Mora, a Spanish painter and sculptor who taught art in New Jersey, Boston and New York City, Francis Luis Mora attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Art, a student of Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell. He went on to teach at the Art Students League, the Grand Central School of Art and the New York School of Art. His career as a painter basically was of American life at the turn of the 20th century, working in the heart of New York City and Connecticut as a portraitist, muralist and illustrator for some of the great names of the day. Mora painted Andrew Carnegie and President Warren Harding, whose portrait by Mora hands on the grand staircase of the White House, and amongst his many mural commissions was the public library in Lynn, Massachusetts and the Missouri State Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, the year he was also made a member of the National Academy of Design. His credits include; exhibited: Boston AC, 1898-1908; PAFA Ann., 1898-34 frequently; Phila. AC, 1901 (gold); AAS; 1902 (gold); AIC; 1902-36; St. Louis Expo, 1904 (med); NAD, 1895; 1897, 1899, 1905 (Hallgarten prize); 1931 (prize); NYWCC, 1907’ Corcoran Gallery/ biemmials. 1907-35 (10 times); SC, 1908 (prize), 1910 (prize); Pan.-Pacific Expo, San Fran., 1915 (two gold medals).