Frederick Hawkins Piercy was born in England, he was baptized in the LDS church in March of 1848. He traveled to Utah before returning to Enland where he died. He became an artist for the Church and created many church paintings. He illustrated his journey to the Salt Lake valley. His artistic talents were also used for missionary work, he worked on a portrait of Elder Taylor for missionary pamphlets.
As an artist, Frederick Piercy specialized in portraits as well as landscapes. In 1850, he completed an ambitious watercolor, apparently a commissioned work, of the family of Orson Pratt, including Elder Pratt, then president of the English mission, his wife, and four children. In 1853, the Church also published an engraving Piercy made that is a composite of portraits of the General Authorities of the Church, based on daguerreotypes made in Salt Lake City. According to Lecheminant, early in 1853, the idea of creating a series of engravings of the “most notable places” on the emigration route from Liverpool to the Great Salt Lake Valley was discussed by Piercy and Samuel W. Richards, then president of the English Mission. Richards was responsible for the emigration of thousands of British converts to the new gathering place in the western United States.