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William (1788) Lewis (b. 1788)

Lot 139: WILLIAM LEWIS (active circa 1812-1824)


June 16, 1999
New York, NY, US

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Lewis, William A Lady with bodice with pink lace trim wearing a gold necklace, pin and earrings, with brown curly hair held in place with a tortoiseshell and black ribbon-trimmed comb; together with a Gentleman, Thomas B. Fox, in black jacket, waistcoat, and stock, with white collar and brown curly hair, attributed to William Lewis signed l.r., W. Lewis Pinx and dated 1829 watercolor on ivory 2.3/8 x 1.7/8in. the first ; 2 x 1in. sight, the second the first rectangular gilt-wood deep frame with cream velvet trim; the second black-painted scroll-carved rectangular wood frame (2) NOTES A portrait miniature by William Lewis (1788-after 1838) of Louisa W. Dixon relates to the Lady with Tortoise Comb shown here in its stance and ornamentation (Johnson, Plate 18a and discussed p. 146, fig. 116). A native of Salem, Massachusetts where he began his career as a portrait and miniature painter, Lewis relocated the majority of his painting business to Boston between 1821 and 1838. He exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum (1828) and Boston Mechanics' Association (1837).

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