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Henry Sewell was born in Dumfries on 13th September 1892, a child of Isabella Sewell (nee Elliot) and Henry R Sewell, a teacher, of Lochrutton, Kirkcudbrightshire. Censuses show the family living in the school house in Lochrutton in 1901. In 1911 they were living in Dennistoun, Glasgow. Sewell, also a teacher, attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as an evening student of drawing and painting, taught by Mr Jackson, and from 1916 to 1917 and 1918 to 1920 as an evening student of metal design, taught by Miss Dewar. GSA records show him residing in Westerton, Glasgow in these later years. Sewell is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour and according to this, he served in the Royal Field Artillery.
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