Artist biography

Ambrose McEVOY 1878–1927

Painter of figure subjects, landscapes and portraits. Born 12 August 1878 at Crudwell, Wiltshire. Encouraged by Whistler to enter the Slade School where he met Augustus John 1893. Later worked with Sickert in Dieppe. Began by painting landscapes and interiors with figures, in low tones. Exhibited at the N.E.A.C. from 1900, member 1902; founder-member of the National Portrait Society 1911; member of the International Society 1913; A.R.A. 1924; R.P. 1924; A.R.W.S. 1926. One-man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery 1907; also exhibited at the Grosvenor, Grafton and Leicester Galleries. Gained success as a portrait painter, mainly of women and often in watercolour, c. 1915. Attached to the Royal Naval Division 1916–18, and painted a number of distinguished sailors and soldiers, now in the Imperial War Museum. Visited New York and exhibited at the Duveen Galleries there 1920. Died in London 4 January 1927. Represented in the R.A. Late Members Exhibition, winter 1928; Memorial exhibition, with Orpen and Ricketts, at Manchester 1933.

Lit: Claude Johnson (ed.), The Works of Ambrose McEvoy from 1900 to May 1919, 1919; ‘Wigs’, The Work of Ambrose McEvoy, 1923; R[eginald]. M. Y.G.[leadowe], Ambrose McEvoy, 1924.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II