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PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE

John Frederick Lewis R.A.
A COFFEE HOUSE, ISTANBUL
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 121,250 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE

John Frederick Lewis R.A.
A COFFEE HOUSE, ISTANBUL
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 121,250 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master and British Drawings Including Property from the Descendants of Walter Brandt

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John Frederick Lewis R.A.
LONDON 1804-1876 WALTON-ON-THAMES
A COFFEE HOUSE, ISTANBUL
watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and red and black chalk, on buff-coloured wove paper
280 by 430 mm
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Provenance

With Spink's, London, by whom sold in 1995 to the father of the present owner 

Exhibited

London, Spink's, Visions of the Orient, 1995, no 11

Catalogue Note

Lewis' recent arrival in Istanbul in October 1840 was recorded by his fellow artist, Sir David Wilkie, who noted admiringly, 'He has been making most clever drawings, as usual'.  Lewis remained there for over a year, responding to the colour and variety of the city's people and places.  His fascination with the bustle of modern city life in conjunction with its architectural heritage is evident in many sketches, remarkable both for their fluency of execution and acuteness of observation; they are far removed from the stereotypical views of the city popularised by prints in earlier Western publications.  This drawing of the interior of a coffee house is an exceptionally fine example. It shows a typical kahvehane, a wooden structure with ornate, European-influenced decoration, including carved furnishings and painted tiles, as well as traditional Turkish textiles; in the foreground, hot water in metal jugs is being heated over a brazier.  The room is frequented by middle-class men of the city, most of them wearing a fez, following recent decrees by the Sultan modernising the dress of Ottoman citizens.

A similar but less developed version of this scene, possibly a study, is in the British Museum, but the composition is not related to any of Lewis's known finished watercolours or oil paintings.

We would like to thank Briony Llewellyn and also Charles Newton for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.

 

Old Master and British Drawings Including Property from the Descendants of Walter Brandt

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London