John Hubbard Rich was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 5, 1876. He worked as an illustrator and for four years attended the Art Students League in New York. Following that he studied three years at the School of the Boston Museum, during which he was awarded a two-year travel scholarship to Europe. Upon his return he became a teacher at Groton School and in 1914 he and fellow artist William Cahill founded a school in Los Angeles, the School for Illustrating and Painting. He taught in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California and Otis Institute. He remained in Los Angeles until his death on March 30, 1954. John Rich is primarily known for his portraits, still lifes, figures and florals.