Phillip Evergood was the only son of an artist father who was a Polish Jew, and a loving English mother. At the age of eight, Evergood went abroad to an English boarding school. He eventually attended Eton prep school and then Cambridge university. After not doing well at Cambridge, he realized that his true passion was art. He began his art training at Slade School under Henry Tonks. He studied at Slade for two years focusing primarily on drawing rather than painting. Evergood then returned to New York and continued his studies under Von Schlegen and Luks at the Art Students League. He ventured to Paris to study at Academie Julian, briefly returned to the States, and then continued his studies in Paris. While in the States, he married his wife whom he met in Paris. They travelled to Spain and Evergood spent time at the Prado, finding inspiration in Velazquez, Goya, and El Greco. He was in Paris during the same time as the American expatriates but did not become close with many of them. Aside from selling his paintings at art shows, he also participated in art projects commissioned by the federal government. He died in a home fire in 1973.