Bouvier was a student at the Royal Academy. He later went on to complete his studies in France and Italy. In 1852 he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy, he continued to exhibit there over the years that followed. Many of his exhibitions consisted of genre scenes and a series of idealised feminine portraits: Jessica in 1854, Emily in 1857, and Hermosita in 1859. From 1865 onwards he was a member of the New Watercolour Society.