DeScott Evans


DeScott Evans


Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 inches

Signed Lower Left

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De Scott Evans ( 1847-1898) was born in Boston, Indiana in 1847.  He was a major portrait and trompe l’oeil painter who is still surrounded by some mystery.  He married in 1872 and taught music and art at Smithson College in Logansport, Indiana.  From 1873-75, he taught at Mt. Union College (Alliance, OH) where he was the chairman of the art dept.  In 1874, he opened a studio in Cleveland and was a founder of that city’s first art club.  When the Cleveland Academy of FA was founded in 1883, he taught there and became a popular painter of elegant young women at leisure and of genre scenes.  In this and his portrait work he signed as "De Scott Evans."  He also is known to have painted several trompe l’oeil works signed "De Scott Evans"and"D. Scott Evans." In 1898, he was commissioned to paint a ceiling in Paris, but he and his family tragically died when their steamer, the Bourgogne, collided with another ship and sank en route.  Several scholars including Gerdtsa nad Burke conjecture that Evans may have also created additional trompe l’oeil works, signed"S.S. David,""Stanley S. David,""Scott David," and "David."  The best known of these works are of peanuts or almonds against simulated wood grain with knotholes and splits in the wood.  He was christened David Scott Evans.


With Albert Beaugureau in Cincinnati, 1864; Academie Julian, Paris with Wm. A. Bouguereau, 1877


NAD, 1881-96; Brooklyn AA, 1891; Tennessee Centennial Exhibition, 1897


Carnegie Institute; Portland Art Museum; T.D. Crocker Collection, Cleveland; Fresno Metropolitan Museum; Columbus Mus. Art; Yale Univ. AG; Snite Mus. Art, Univ. Notre Dame


Burke & Gerdts, American Still-Life Painting, 1971; Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. 2: 256; "A Tangled Web" by Nanette Macidjunes, Ohio Hist. Soc. Timeline, Nov. 1988, p. 34; For Beauty and for Truth, 49 (w/ repro.); William Kloss in American Paintings, Schwarz Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1998, cat. No 30