Edward Bouverie Hoyton was born in Lewisham and studied etching under Stanley Anderson at Goldsmiths' College. He was one of a small group of talented etchers of pastoral landscapes, that included Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury, who sought inspiration in William Blake, Samuel Palmer and the densely etched plates of F. L. Griggs. In 1926 he won the coveted Prix de Rome, spent the next three years at the British School in Rome, and travelled widely in Italy, France, Greece and Spain. He became Lecturer in Engraving at Leeds College of Art in 1934 and in 1941 was appointed Principal of Penzance School of Art. He remained a close friend of Graham Sutherland who stayed with him during the war when he was drawing the Cornish tin miners, and it was Hoyton who introduced Sutherland to Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo and Adrian Stokes. He retired from teaching in 1965 to concentrate fully on his etching. Bouverie Hoyton was elected to the National Society (1931), the Royal Society of British Artists (1936) and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists (1958). Until 1981 he was Vice-President and Chairman of the St Ives Society of Artists. He was a regular exhibitor at the Society and at the Royal Academy. His work is represented in major collections world wide, and it has been especially popular in the United States.