Henri-Jacques Bource was born in Antwerp, Belgium on February 12, 1826. He was a genre, marine and historical painter. He studied at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts with master teachers and artists, Gustave Wappers, E. Dujardin and J. Dyckmans. Afterwards, he went to Paris to study with Ary Scheffer.
Bource began to exhibit in 1849 as a portraitist. In 1875, he exhibited at the Paris Salon with his genre painting, "Lendemain d'une Tempete sur la Cote de Hollande".
In 1857, he won a prize at The Hague for his historical painting, "Marie-Antoinette Quittant le Temple" which was bought by the great duchess, Marie of Russia. He was also awarded prizes in Brussels (1863) and in Amsterdam (1868). Bource also participated at the Ghent exhibit of 1859 and at the Antwerp exhibit of 1861.
In 1874, at The Ghent Salon, The Alderman Council bought his painting, "Les Cerises Mures" for the Ghent Museum.
Bource died in Antwerp on December 10, 1899.
Today, his paintings can be found in private and public collections, including in museums in Antwerp, Belgium, The Hague, Holland, Brussels, Liege, Mons and Ghent, Belgium and in Sheffield, England.