Reverend Christmas Evans (1766-1838)
ROOS, William (1808 - 1878)
[image: Reverend Christmas Evans (1766-1838)]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 38.1 x 33.0 cm
Acquired: 1907; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 2410
Born at Bodgadfa, Angelsey, Roos enjoyed some success as a portraitist and a painter of animals. He engraved this portrait of the Baptist minister Christmas Evans (1766-1838) in mezzotint, and it is his best-known work. Evans was one of the powerful preachers of the day, an evangelical fire-and-brimstone revivalist who could drive a congregation to terror or religious ecstasy. Roos's painting captures the sheer physical power of the man - who was, reputedly, 7 feet tall - and had only one eye, the other blind socket being sewn shut.