Charles William Mansel Lewis (1845–1931), Stradey Castle, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire;
Thence by descent.
Mansel Lewis had cultivated his interest in art whilst at Oxford University where he befriended the Slade Professor of Art, William Riviere, whose work he later collected, together with that of his son, Briton Riviere. In 1874 he inherited the Stradey estate in South Wales, where he swiftly constructed an artist’s studio at the top of a tower with windows looking out onto the Bristol Channel, where he could paint by the soft Carmarthen light. At about this time he also met and became a lifelong friend and patron of Hubert von Herkomer.
The six day sale of the contents of Landseer’s studio, including paintings, drawings, prints and books held at Christie’s in May 1874 attracted widespread interest, with strong competition from collectors and dealers alike for the 1,400 lots. Mansel Lewis obviously felt an affinity with Landseer’s sporting scenes, his deer hounds, dead stags, hawks and sporting dogs (see preceding two lots), and his studies of animals and rural life. As a painter himself, however, he was also clearly intrigued by the process of Landseer’s art, the didactic studies through which he had mastered his craft and trained his eye.
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