B. S. Cory Kilvert was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as the son of politician Francis Edwin Kilvert. He left Canada to study at the Art Students' League in New York, under the guidance of painter Robert Henri. Kilvert became well-known for his illustrations, which appeared in many books and magazines in both the USA and Canada from the 1900s through the mid-1930s. In 1908, he made a newspaper strip called 'Muffy Shuffles'. He was also a fine arts painter. Cory Kilvert died in 1946 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City while playing pool with some of his artist friends.