Born in 1863, Studd attended the Slade School of Art (under Legros), then the Académie Julian, where he joined an artistic circle that included James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas, and Puvis de Chavannes. Two years later, he became neighbours with Whistler, and the two started a regular correspondence, working together at Lyme Regis and Dieppe. Studd painted en plein air, on small wooden panels – works inspired by the Post-Impressionists. He exhibited at the New English Art Club.
In 1897, inspired by Paul Gaugin, Studd travelled to Tahiti. He had met the artist in Le Pouldou, Brittany, in 1890.
Studd died in 1919, in Middlesex.