N06081 THE ARTIST'S WIFE c. 1913
Pencil and watercolour, 14 1/8×10 (36×25·5).
Presented by Mrs Claude Johnson 1952.
Coll: Purchased by Claude Johnson from the artist 1924.
Exh: (?) N.E.A.C., winter 1913 (220), as ‘A Study’; (?) N.E.A.C., January–February 1925 (256); Oldham, 1927 (131); R.A., Late Members, 1928 (393); Manchester, April–May 1933 (106).
Lit: Johnson, 1919, II, p.2, repr. pl.96; ‘Wigs’, 1923, p.71; Gleadowe, 1924, p.17, repr. pl.33.
Johnson lists this work as having been exhibited with the N.E.A.C. in ‘Spring 1914’ when there was no such exhibition; he may refer to the previous winter exhibition. Another watercolour, signed ‘McEvoy’, and also listed by Johnson (loc. cit., repr. pl.97), was in the N.E.A.C., summer 1914 (107); this was also lent by Mr Johnson to the R.A., 1928 (418), and later belonged to the Leicester Galleries (exhibited December 1953 (49)). Either may have been the work lent by Claude Johnson to the N.E.A.C. in 1925.
The artist's wife, Mary McEvoy, was also a painter (see below).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II