Patrick Caulfield was born in London in 1936, and spent part of his childhood in Bolton Lancashire before moving back to London after WWII. He worked in the design department of Crosse & Blackwell, (where one of his tasks was varnishing the chocolates on display) and spent three years national service with the Royal Air Force. In 1956 he attended Chelsea School of Art and in 1960 undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art. Here Caulfield was identified, along with the previous year's intake (David Hockney, Ron Kitaj, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier) as one of the 'Pop' artists. Some works by Caulfield held in the Saatchi collection were destroyed in the now infamous, a fire in a storage warehouse on 24 May 2004. Patrick Caulfield passed away in 2005, and is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery.