Born in Luton England, Henry Glyde studied at the Royal College of Art from 1926 to 1930. He continued his art studies in Italy, France, Belgium and London. Following his studies, he became an art instructor at the Croyden School of Art and at the High Wycombe School of Art. With this experience, he was able to come to Canada and take the position of Head of the Art Department at the Institute of Art in Calgary, Alberta in 1935. He later became Head of the department of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, a position which he held until his retirement from teaching in 1966. He also served as Head of the Painting Division at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Throughout his distinguished teaching career, he remained active as a painter and graphic artist. Along with A.Y. Jackson, he was commissioned by the National Gallery of Art in 1943, to paint a series of works depicting the Alaska Highway. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists, and Alberta Society of Artists. He died in 1998.