Proceedings: Evacustes Phipson

CNHSS Proceedings 21(1) Evacustes Phipson: his life and utopian views, and an introduction to the Croydon paintings

CNHSS Proceedings on Evacustes Phipson

CNHSS PRESENTS its Proceedings for its 150th anniversary year of 2020, on the artist Evacustes Phipson 1854-1931.

Edward Arthur Phipson, known as Evacustes, was one of the most prolific British topographical watercolourists in the 1890s and throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. During this period he produced over 1400 paintings, most being views within England. This publication features an introduction to Phipson’s paintings of Croydon where he was partly based between 1914 and 1929, and where he is particularly valued as an artist who painted many local views not captured in surviving photographs.

With over 90 Phipson painting images by courtesy of Museum of Croydon, Lambeth Archives and Battersea Arts Centre, the publication includes:
• His life story by family and local historian Carole Roberts
• His utopian views by socialist historian Stephen Williams
• An introduction to the Croydon paintings by local historian John Hickman
• Images with descriptions of Croydon by John Hickman and Carole Roberts
• Images with descriptions of Streatham, Tooting, Thornton Heath and Norbury by local historian John W. Brown
• A catalogue of over 1,400 known paintings by Evacustes Phipson, mostly in England and from trips to Europe.

Available from Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society at £12, plus postage – £1.50 if in the UK – Email us at

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