This portrait was drawn in Italy.
Stroudley studied at Clapham School of Art, 1923-27, and at the Royal College of Art, 1927-30, his teachers included William Rothenstein and Allan Gwynne-Jones. Stroudley was the first Abbey Major Scholar, 1930-3, which afforded him three years’ traveling in Italy. Thus his main influences were classic Italian painters, notably Giotto and Piero della Francesca. He showed at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, of which he was made a member in 1934, and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
The art dealers Arthur Tooth and Apollinaire Gallery gave him solo exhibitions and an exhibition Recent paintings by James Stroudley was held at the Reid Gallery, London between 24 August–10 September in 1960. Various public collections in England hold examples of his work.
His compositions from his Rome period, such as the examples below are among his best works. The drawings from this period show complete confidence in his work.