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Quiz (Powys Evans) (1899-1982)


Powys Arthur Lewthall Evans (1899-1982), also known as ‘Quiz’

The artistic talent of Powys Evans was nurtured in the circle of George Sheringham and by a number of teachers that included Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art. He became best known for his portrait drawings and caricatures, the latter of which he signed with the pseudonym, ‘Quiz’. They were sufficiently successful in both exhibition and publication for Max Beerbohm to claim Evans as his heir.

Powys Evans was born at Cornwall Lodge, Allsop Place, Marylebone, London on 2 February 1899, the younger of the two children of a Welsh-born county court judge, William Evans, and his wife Frances (née Cheatle). Both he and sister, Gwendolyn, were encouraged to develop their artistic talents, and she also became an artist.

Evans’s father patronised George Sheringham, buying his silk fans (1911) and commissioning a set of panels of
The Mabinogion for his country house, Ilmington Hall (1912). In turn, Evans himself became part of the Sheringham circle and, a decade later, caricatured Sheringham and himself walking arm-in-arm.

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