Hugh Boycott Brown was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Boycott Brown learned painting from his father, Allan Robert Brown, and studied at the Margaret Frobisher School in Bushey. In 1929 began teaching at Royal Masonic Junior School, but continued his studies in the evenings at Watford School of Art.During holidays studied at Heatherley's School under Frederick Whiting and Bernard Adams. During the 1930's he was encouraged by Sir Arnesby Brown. Began his association with the East Anglian coast, a major theme in his work. In 1947 purchased a cottage in Blakeney, Norfolk, where he lived permanently after retiring in 1970. Exhibited at the Southwell Brown Gallery, Richmond in 1985, Belgrave Gallery in 1986; memorial show at Abbott & Holder in 1991.