Dyce was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1806.
He is reputed to have travelled to Rome in 1825. It is whilst here that Dyce became familiar with the work of the Nazarenes, and later of the Pre-Raphaelites.
He was known as an historical and religious painter of frescoes. Dyce’s most notable work was for a range of prestigious locations including The House of Lords, Buckingham Palace, and Osborne House, London (UK). Dyce was also responsible for the painting at All Saints’, Margaret Street, London.
Dyce was Professor of Fine Arts at King’s College, London (UK) from 1844.
Died in Streatham, London in 1864.