Pierre-Edouard Frere was born in Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Paul Delaroche. He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1843 where he continued to exhibit until his death. He won many medals and in 1855, received the ribbon of the Legion of Honour. He also exhibited in London, first at the French Gallery in 1854 and also at the Royal Academy and the 1862 Great Exhibition in London. He is especially well known for his charming paintings of children. He is represented in museums and galleries in Paris, Chartres, Hamburg and Melbourne among others.