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Powys Evans (1899-1981) - 20th Century Graphite Drawing, Neville Chamberlain



A pencil sketch of Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Britain from 1937-1940. A similar sketch of Chamberlain is held at the National Portrait Gallery. An inscription on the reverse reads 'Powys Evans (born 1899) 'Quiz'. Portrait of Neville Chamberlain'. Well presented in a double card, washline mount. Drawn on wove laid on card. Inscribed on the reverse.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration, foxing and mount burn.


25.5 x 18.8cm (10" x 7.4")
Sheet: 38.5 x 31.6cm (15.2" x 12.4")

Artist Biography

Born in London Powys Arthur Evans (1899-1981) was a well listed painter, illustrator and caricaturist. Evans came from a privileged background, studying at the Slade School from 1915-17. working with F E Jackson, Sickert and Sylvia Gosse. By the 1920s Evans had drifted from his work in oils, in favour of portrait illustration. He began to make a name for himself with a set of caricatures of Lovat Fraser’s designs to The Beggar's Opera of 1922. Evans was employed by the Saturday Review as the house caricaturist under the name of 'Quiz'. Evans worked with a variety of publications including the London Mercury, Everyman’s and Time & Tide.

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Code ph306
Artist Powys Evans (1899-1981)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 25.5 x 18.8cm
Framed No
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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