John Frederick Lewis, R.A.
1804 - 1876
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
lettered J.F. LEWIS. RA lower centre
oil on paper laid onto a Charles Roberson panel
11.4 by 9.3cm., 4¾ by 3¾in. (oval)
This image was originally an unfinished oil sketch on paper. It seems that it was subsequently cut to an oval, pasted down on a fragment of a Charles Roberson & Co. proprietary prepared wooden panel as backing, and a background roughly painted in with white gouache. It has been framed to simulate a keepsake portrait miniature. The head is very similar to that of the principal figure in In the Bezestein, El Khan Khalil, Cairo (oil, 1860, sold Sotheby’s 20 November 1996, lot 251), and, like that principal figure, it may relate to a now lost photograph of Lewis, similar to two known photographs of him in Ottoman Dress from the 1860s (Private Collection and Royal Watercolour Society, London).
We are grateful to Briony Llewellyn and Charles Newson for their help in cataloguing this lot.
Sale: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, 20 November 1996, lot 52
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
J.M.H. Lewis, John Frederick Lewis R.A. 1805-1876, Leigh-on-Sea, F. Lewis Publishers Ltd, 1978, cat. no. 431 as ‘An Arab Manservant’