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Evelyn Gibbs (1905-1991)   BIOGRAPHY

The Expulsion, 1929
Framed (ref: 54)
Original drawing for the line etching
Pen and ink over pencil on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (15 x 10.5 cm.)


Provenance: Sir Hugh Willatt, the artist's husband

The Expulsion was produced during Gibbs' last year at the Royal College of Art - the year she was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Engraving. Her prints of this period are amongst the most outstanding produced by any of the Rome Scholars. Like so many of her colleagues in Rome, she was, ironically, more influenced by the Northern Italian quattrocento artists than by either the Classical or Baroque tradition of Southern Italy. The Expulsion is recorded as having been produced in an edition of 40, though its scarcity suggests not all were printed.

We are grateful to Pauline Lucas for her assistance in cataloguing this drawing.

Evelyn Gibbs (1905-1991)

Printmaker, draughtsman, painter and teacher, born in Liverpool, where she studied at the School of Art, 1922-6; at the Royal College of Art, 1926-9; then at British School at Rome, 1929-31. Taught at Goldsmiths College of Art and showed at the RA, NEAC, RE and other major venues. Morley Gallery held a posthumous exhibition in 1994. Gibbs was a fine draughtswoman in the classical tradition and her work is held by the Arts Council, the Tate Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and other public collections.

Like many of the artists who studied at the British School at Rome - Monnington and Stroudley, for instance - having amply demonstrated a remarkable facility for realism, she latterly moved increasingly towards abstraction.

Selected Literature: Pauline Lucas, Evelyn Gibbs, Artist and Traveller, Five Leaves Publications, 2001.

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