Sir D. Y. Cameron was born in Glasgow and studied both at Glasgow School of Art and in Edinburgh. Although he lived in London for periods throughout his life and travelled regularly in Europe and beyond, Scotland remained his home and he and his wife settled near Stirling. He began producing etchings in his early twenties and it was with these that he first established himself as an artist, his prints becoming very collectible within his lifetime. He also painted consistently throughout his career, at first a variety of subjects including portraits and architecture but focusing increasingly on the Scottish landscape in the later years of his career. He was knighted in 1924 in recognition of his contribution to British art and art institutions. There are several of Cameron's landscape paintings in the collections of the south-west of Scotland as well as a number of his etchings.