The portrait painter and copyist Richard Evans spent the last twenty years of his life at 5 Bugle Street in Southampton. He was born in Shrewsbury in c.1783 and moved to London in about 1804 to take up portrait painting. He exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1816. As well as his portrait work he was a very successful and sought-after copyist. In 1821 he was employed by the architect John Nash to copy some of the works of Raphael for his gallery in Regent Street. In about 1851 Evans moved with his wife to Bugle Street. He died in 1871 aged 87. Examples of his work are in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Southampton Art Gallery.
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