Brian Stonehouse was born in Torquay, on 8th August 1918. When he was a child the family moved to France and he did not return to England until 1932. After leaving school Stonehouse became an art student.
In 1939 Stonehouse became a member of the Territorial Army and after the outbreak of the Second Word War he joined the British Army. He later served as an interpreter for French troops who had been evacuated from Norway.
As a result of his knowledge of France Stonehouse was recruited by the French Section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). On 1st July 1942, he was parachuted into occupied France. Based in Lyons as a wireless operator but was captured by the Vichy police on 24th October.
After being interrogated by the Gestapo Stonehouse was sent to Fresnes Prison in Paris. In October 1943, Stonehouse was deported to Nazi Germany where he spent time in various concentration camps including Dachau. Stonehouse was freed by American troops on 29th April 1945.
Awarded the MBE for his wartime services, Stonehouse moved to the United States in 1946 where he worked as a fashion artist for Vogue.
In 1979 Stonehouse returned to England where he worked as a portrait painter. This included paintings of members of the royal family. Brian Stonehouse died in December 1998.