The Lost Biography of Ambrose McEvoy Published by Paul Holberton Publishing and Edited by Philip Mould & Company

November 2019

Ambrose McEvoy was one of the most modern and daring English society portrait painters of the early 20th century. His quick, confident style of painting drew the attention of many leading society figures, from Winston Churchill to Lady Diana Cooper, and in particular subjects who craved something beyond a simple ‘likeness’ in paint. Despite his success, when McEvoy died unexpectedly at the peak of his career in 1927, his name was soon forgotten. Divine People is the first major written study of McEvoy’s life and work and aims to firmly place this long-neglected artist back into the canon of 20th-century British art. 

After several years of legal wrangling, Chilston decided to type a second copy and it was resubmitted to his agent. Chilston died the following month and the manuscript was never published. It was recently rediscovered by Philip Mould & Company and edited by Lawrence Hendra. The publication of the biography coincides with the exhibition Divine People: The Art of Ambrose McEvoy which will be held at Philip Mould & Company 26 November 2019 - 24 January 2020. 

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