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John Frederick Lewis

(1804 -  1876 ) Wikipedia® : John Frederick Lewis
LEWIS John Frederick Portrait Of A European In Oriental Dress, Possibly Sir John Gardner Wilkinson

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John Frederick Lewis - Illustrations Of Constantinople, Made During A Residence In That City &c

John Frederick Lewis - Illustrations Of Constantinople, Made During A Residence In That City &c

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Lot number: 106
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LEWIS (JOHN FREDERICK) Illustrations of Constantinople, Made During a Residence in that City &c., in the Years 1835-6, FIRST EDITION, lithographed title with vignette, lithographed dedication/contents leaf, 27 tinted lithographed plates on 25 sheets, by Lewis after Coke Smyth, ALL HAND-COLOURED, small marginal tears to title, loose in purpose-made red half morocco solander box, gilt lettered on upper cover [Abbey Travel 394; Atabey 722; Blackmer 1015], folio (550 x 370mm.), T. Mc Lean, [1838]
John Frederick Lewis - A Market Square In Madrid

John Frederick Lewis - A Market Square In Madrid

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Lot number: 1493
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JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS, RA (1804-1876) A MARKET SQUARE IN MADRID Inscribed Madrid, pencil with touches of white heightening 13.5 x 10cm. Provenance: By descent in the Meynell family of Hoar Cross Hall, Staffordshire * Lewis was in Madrid from July to September 1831 on his way further south to Seville, and spent much time in the Prado, studying and copying the old master paintings, especially Murillo and Velazquez. We are grateful to Briony Llewellyn for her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
John Frederick Lewis - Portrait Of A European In Oriental Dress, Possibly Sir John Gardner Wilkinson

John Frederick Lewis - Portrait Of A European In Oriental Dress, Possibly Sir John Gardner Wilkinson

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Lot number: 220
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John Frederick Lewis, R.A. PORTRAIT OF A EUROPEAN IN ORIENTAL DRESS, POSSIBLY SIR JOHN GARDNER WILKINSON LONDON 1804 - 1876 WALTON-ON-THAMES Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with chalk 373 by 273 mm Catalogue Note This intriguing portrait of a European man in Oriental dress by John Frederick Lewis is likely to have been made during the artist\’s decade-long sojourn in Egypt, 1841-51. During this time, Lewis lived in a large wooden, Ottoman-style house, in a district of Cairo \‘far away\’, according to William Thackeray, \‘from the haunts of European civilisation\’. While his attitude to the company of fellow Europeans was sometimes ambivalent, Lewis was frequently happy to mingle among the expatriate residents of the city, notably pioneers of Egyptian and Arab studies such as Edward William Lane, Henry Abbott and Joseph Bonomi. All of these, as well as Lewis himself, habitually dressed in traditional Ottoman clothes, which were then still worn by many of the local inhabitants, though gradually being replaced by the Westernised dress decreed by the recent Tanzimat reforms. Another prominent member of the expatriate community during the mid-nineteenthcentury was Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1875), who by the 1840s, had gained acclaim and fame for his ground-breaking studies in Egyptology. During and after his 12 year sojourn in Egypt between 1821 and 1833, when he was based mainly at ancient Thebes (Luxor), Wilkinson published several articles and books on the subject. His most famous work was Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, published in 1837, which established him as the \‘Father of British Egyptology\’. Its description of ancient Egyptian society, with numerous illustrations, caught the popular imagination, and passed through many editions during the course of the 19th century. In 1839 his achievements were recognised with a knighthood. Wilkinson revisited Egypt another four times between 1841 and 1856, and during the first of these return trips he met Lewis at least twice. On 8 December 1841, he was among those gathered at Lewis\’s house for a séance of the notorious Egyptian Magician, Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Maghrabi. Later that month, a brief entry in Wilkinson\’s Journal for 1841-42 reads: \‘Saty 18 Dec dined with Col. Barnet at 6. Met Mr Lewis and Mr Coste\’ (The Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, Wilkinson MSS. 1.69). There are indirect connections too: in February 1842 both Lewis and Wilkinson are listed as members (the latter an honorary one, as he had by then left Cairo) in a pamphlet published by the Literary Association of Egypt, newly established as a forum for those interested in Egyptian antiquities. In January 1844 both men are in Cairo and moving in the same circles, since both are mentioned in a letter written by Bonomi to a friend (Private Collection of Bonomi Papers). Later in the decade, Murray\’s Handbook for Travellers in Egypt was published (1847) and in it Wilkinson, who was its author, writes of the drawings of Cairo, \‘this truly Eastern capital, which we may shortly hope to receive from the hand of Mr. Lewis\’. Most pertinent of all is the evidence in a sale from Lewis\’s studio held in 1855, a few years after his return from Egypt, in which lot 129 is \‘Sir Gardiner[sic] Wilkinson, in Oriental Costume\’ (Christie\’s, 5 July 1855, bought by the dealer, William Vokins). A portrait of \‘Sir G. Wilkinson\’ is also listed in a letter of 14 April 1857 from Lewis to another dealer, John Scott (Private Collection). Another similarly sized version of the portrait that is here identified as likely to be of Wilkinson, exists in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (WA.OA966), currently titled Study of a Seated Oriental Man, smoking. The figure is almost identical, but added, lower right, is a brass-mounted glass nargile (or hookah) from which the man is smoking. The sitter in these two portraits is a fair-skinned man with a long flowing moustache and blue eyes, whose hooded eye-lids droop down at the corners. He wears a red fez over a white skull-cap, over the top of which is the hood of his large cloak or wrap. He seems to acknowledge this awkward accumulation of Oriental garb with wry amusement, accentuating his youthful looks. Another portrait by Lewis shows an unidentified man with the same features, notably the bushy moustache and the heavily-lidded eyes, wearing a fez and more conventional Ottoman attire (with Spink & Son, London, 1985-86, titled An Englishman in Greek Dress), who, on the basis of the argument made here, is also likely to represent Wilkinson. Wilkinson\’s fame during his lifetime resulted in several known portraits of him. Among these, made at around the same time as the Lewis portraits, are drawings by William Brockedon, 1838, and Alfred, Count d\’Orsay, 1839 (both, National Portrait Gallery, NPG 2515(86) and NPG 4026(28)), and by Godfrey Thomas Vigne, 1844 (Victoria and Albert Museum, SD.1156). These show a man with very similar facial characteristics to the sitter in the portraits by Lewis, most significantly the fine walrus moustache, with the ends twirled upwards slightly to a point. The most widely known portrait of Wilkinson is a painting by Henry Wyndham Phillips, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, aged 46, in Turkish Dress, 1844 (The National Trust: Calke Abbey, Derbyshire). His features, youthful, despite his 46 years, are also strikingly similar to those of the man in the Lewis portraits. Moreover, his waistcoat and shirt, and his left arm cradling the Ottoman curved sabre known as a kilij, seem to be reflected in the second portrait by Lewis (ex Spink\’s), identified here as of Wilkinson. While not conclusive, the evidence that the present portrait represents Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, seems compelling. We would like to thank Briony Llewellyn for cataloguing this work.
John Frederick Lewis - A Young Woman From Bursa, Northern Turkey

John Frederick Lewis - A Young Woman From Bursa, Northern Turkey

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Lot number: 150
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John Frederick Lewis, R.A. (London 1804-1876 Walton-on-Thames) A young woman from Bursa, Northern Turkey signed and inscribed 'JF. Lewis / Brus[sa]' (lower right) pencil, black chalk and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour, on buff paper 16 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (41.8 x 27.1 cm.) Provenance Carl Winter, and to his wife Theodora Gertrude Winter, and by descent.
John Frederick Lewis - View Of Old Aberdeen

John Frederick Lewis - View Of Old Aberdeen

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Lot number: 550
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Frederick C Lewis, British 1779-1856- "View of Old Aberdeen, including Kings College and the Cathedral" & "View of Aberdeen", after Alexander Nasmyth, from drawings by R. Seaton; hand-coloured etchings with aquatint, publ. by J. Ewen, March 1808, ea. 42.5x61.5cm, (2) Provenance: William Young, Fine Art Collector & Dealer, Aberdeen, according to labels attached to the reverse of the frames
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