John Frederick Lewis

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John Frederick Lewis[1] RA (London 14 July 1804 – 15 August 1876) was an Orientalist English painter. He specialized in Oriental and Mediterranean scenes and often worked in exquisitely detailed watercolour. He was the son of Frederick Christian Lewis (1779–1856), engraver and landscape-painter.

The coffee bearer (1857)

Lewis lived in Spain between 1832 and 1834. He lived in Cairo between 1841 and 1850, where he made numerous sketches that he turned into paintings even after his return to England in 1851. He lived in Walton-on-Thames until his death.

Lewis became an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1859 and a member (an RA) in 1865.

After being largely forgotten for decades, he became extremely fashionable, and expensive, from the 1970s and good works now fetch prices into the millions of dollars or pounds at auction.


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In the beys garden
  • Head of a Spanish Girl Wearing a Mantilla, ca. 1838, Red and black chalks and Indian ink with watercolors and bodycolours on buff board
  • Two Southern Italian Peasants Playing the Bagpipes, 1839–40, Watercolor and bodycolours and black chalk over pencil, on buff paper

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