Anthony Eyton studied fine art at Reading University in 1941 before serving in the British Army from 1942 to 1947. He went on to study at Camberwell School of Art from 1947 to 1950, and in 1951 received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to work in Italy. Eyton was Head of Painting at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario in 1969 and taught at the Royal Academy Schools from 1964 to 1999. Eyton’s work has also been included in many key group exhibitions, including 'Drawings of People' at the Serpentine Gallery (1976), 'British Painting 1952 to 1977' at the Royal Academy of Arts (1977), the Arts Council’s 'British Art Show' (1979), the 'Hayward Annual' (1982) and 'The Hard Won Image', at the Tate Gallery (1984). Eyton has travelled extensively, particularly to India, Israel and Sudan. In 1982 he was commissioned by the Artistic Records Committee to observe and paint the Gurkha regiment in Hong Kong and the New Territories, the paintings of which were exhibited at the Imperial War Museum, London. In 1996, the Government Art Collection commissioned him to record the centenary of the British Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since 1999 he has been Resident Artist at the Eden Project in Cornwall.