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Powys Evans

(1899-1981), 'Quiz'; caricaturist

Sitter associated with 1 portrait
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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Compton Mackenzie, by Powys Evans - NPG 5872

Compton Mackenzie

by Powys Evans
black crayon, 1920s?
NPG 5872

T.S. Eliot, by Powys Evans - NPG 6762

T.S. Eliot

by Powys Evans
watercolour, circa 1920
NPG 6762

William Henry Davies, by Powys Evans - NPG 4396

William Henry Davies

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, circa 1922
NPG 4396

Lilian Mary Baylis, by Powys Evans - NPG 6793

Lilian Mary Baylis

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, 1924
NPG 6793

Arthur Henderson, by Powys Evans - NPG 6799

Arthur Henderson

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, 1924
NPG 6799

Jacob Epstein, by Powys Evans - NPG 4397

Jacob Epstein

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, published 1925
NPG 4397

Sir Barry Vincent Jackson, by Powys Evans - NPG 6014

Sir Barry Vincent Jackson

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, before 1925
NPG 6014

Sir Charles John Holmes, by Powys Evans - NPG 3307

Sir Charles John Holmes

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, before 1926
NPG 3307

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, by Powys Evans - NPG 4403

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, published 1926
NPG 4403

Sean O'Casey, by Powys Evans - NPG 4402

Sean O'Casey

by Powys Evans
ink, published 1927
NPG 4402

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, by Powys Evans - NPG 4398

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, published 1927
NPG 4398

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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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