Artworks of Peter Evershed (born 1925), 1950-1991

Scope and Content

Artworks by Peter Evershed, including portraits of Dorothy Brett, Frieda Lawrence and Dylan Thomas painted in the early 1950s. Also present are two watercolour sketches of locations in Nottingham and Derby, executed in 1991.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Evershed was born on 5 February 1925. He spent almost all of the 1950s in America,primarily in New York where he associated with numerous artistic, jazz and literary personalities.In the early 1950s he was attached to a New York Gallery and met Dorothy Brett there when she washolding an exhibition. He later visited her in Taos, New Mexico where he met and painted FriedaLawrence, the widow of writer, D.H. Lawrence. Evershed also met Frieda at Aldous Huxley's home inCalifornia. Other literary figures painted by Evershed have included Dylan Thomas and W.H.Auden.

Evershed has lived most of his life in England and resided for a time in Derby. His portraits andlandscape scenes have been acquired by galleries and libraries world-wide, including the Universityof Texas and the National Gallery of Wales.


The collection has been divided into two series bringing like documents together. Series one comprises portraits; series two contains landscape sketches and other paintings.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers. Readersare asked to use surrogate copies.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the reading room of The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Database catalogue, access via a member of staff.
  • On the World Wide Web: Browse the catalogue in HTML.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The artworks were acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

Related Material

  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Extensive holdings of literary manuscripts, personal papers and other material relating to D.H. Lawrence. GB 159 La
  • Harry Ransom Center; University of Texas: Paintings by Peter Evershed.
  • Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea: Paintings by Peter Evershed.