John Sanderson Wells was a portrait and sporting painter. He studied at the Slade School and the Academie Julien, Paris. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1896 and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1903. He lived in Banbury in 1890, in London from 1898 and exhibited regularly between 1890-1940.
Wells was a prolific painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1895 and 1914. He also exhibted at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham, the Fine Art Society, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Wells was a painter of genre subjects, which were mainly paintings of interiors scenes with figures in 18th Century costume. In addition, the artist also painted coaching and hunting scenes.