Once described as a 'Lowry for Londoners', Realist painter Alfred Daniels was born into a Jewish family in Bow in London's East End, a descendant of Russian immigrants. He was originally employed as a commercial artist. During the Second World War he served in the RAF, afterwards studying at the Royal College of Art. In 1954 he painted a set of murals at Hammersmith Town Hall, depicting life on the Thames, and was a joint winner (with L S Lowry), of the Football Association art competition. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art and then at Sir John Cass School of Art, specialising in graphic design. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1973, and of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1983, where he also became keeper. His work focused on London and his own community.