William Evans – Portrait of Mrs. Elizabeth Roffe, 1802


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Inscribed in pencil on the reverse; Drawn by William Evans 1802. Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, presented in a new mount. Possibly one of two pictures described as ‘Portrait of a lady’ exhibited at the Royal Academy 1802; Nos. 299 and 400 by W. Evans.

Image: 8 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (21.6 x 16.2 cm.)
Mount: 14 15/16 x 12 3/16 in. (38 x 31 cm.)

Engraved; by Alfred Roffe, 1861 after William Evans, 1802. The illustrated engraving is not included in the sale of the watercolour and is in the collection of the British Museum: Incorrectly catalogued as after William Evans of Bristol (1809-1858)


Evans, William (active 1797-1856)

William Evans was a draughtsman, stipple and line engraver of portraits and decorative subjects after his contemporaries. He worked in London for the Society of Dilettanti, Boydell and others in about 1800. He also produced pencil and wash portraits. An artist with the same name is listed as having exhibited a number of portraits (some apparently in oils) at the RA from 1797-1807.