Powell is known as a novelist and book critic, but he probably began drawing before he knew how to write. In his autobiography, he relates that by the time he was six, his drawings, including a Mephistopheles, were shown to a visitor to his family. The term Post Impressionism (then recently introduced by Roger Fry) was bantered as the pictures were critiqued. He began at Eton in 1919 and took Extra Drawing from the drawing master Sidney Evans, who first told him of Picasso and Matisse. At Eton he drew for an art magazine, The Eton Candle (1922) , and at Oxford, which he attended from 1923 to 1026, his drawings appeared in another magazine, The Cherwell. His drawing Colonel Caesar Cannonbrains of the Black Hussars (1922) is reproduced in To Keep the Ball Rolling (p56).