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Powys Evans

(1899-1981), 'Quiz'; caricaturist

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Artist associated with 99 portraits
Evans was an illustrator who worked under the name 'Quiz'. He studied at the Slade School of Art but abandoned a career as an oil painter in favour of portrait illustration, and made his name with a set of caricatures of Lovat Fraser's designs to The Beggar's Opera (1922). Exhibited at the Little Rooms and published as a portfolio, these caricatures attracted the attention of the assistant editor of the Saturday Review, who then employed Evans as the house caricaturist. Contributing to a wide variety of periodicals, Evans produced a notable series of portraits in pen and ink for the London Mercury (some of which reappeared in Fifty Heads, 1928) and a number of caricatures for G K's Weekly.

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Powys Evans, by Powys Evans, published by  The Saturday Review - NPG D33471

Powys Evans

by Powys Evans, published by The Saturday Review
lithograph, published 26 June 1926
NPG D33471

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Martin Clist

03 January 2022, 09:41

I have a self-portrait in oil of Evans, presumably from his Slade days, very much of the era. Inscribed on the back. He stares at me every day.

Geraint Jones

29 December 2018, 15:01

During the 1960s, Powys Evans lived in a top floor flat above our house in Dolgellau, Gwynedd. In retirement, he seems to have returned to painting landscapes. I remember him well and he would rise around dawn during the Summer and disappear for a day's painting in the mountains. We moved in 1967 but I understand he continued living in "Llys Meirion Uchaf" until his death. He was very well known in the town.

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