Mrs Claude Johnson in Black (1922). Ambrose McEvoy (English, 1878-1927). Oil on canvas. Ferens Art Gallery.
After the rapturous reception given to the painting Madame at the New English Art Club in 1914, McEvoy became one of the most original and sought after society portraitists of his age. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and the British Institution.
Audrey (1931). Mary McEvoy (British, 1870-1941). Oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery.
After a long hiatus in McEvoy’s career, she began painting the year after her husband, the painter Ambrose McEvoy, died in 1927. She began to exhibit again, showing a series of portraits of women at the Royal Academy, and at Knoedler’s Gallery, London, in the 1930s.