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Lorenzo de' Medici

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In the Bey's Garden

John Frederick Lewis


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Artist Biography

John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) was born into an artistic family, his father Frederick Christian and his uncle George Robert Lewis both being distinguished engravers. Lewis developed an early talent for painting – his father said he could become a painter if he was able to sell a picture at a London exhibition, which he did at the age of fourteen. He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1820. After early animal drawings and Italian studies, then a phase of Spanish subjects, Lewis became interested in the East, travelling extensively in Asia Minor and spending the ten years between 1840 and 1850 in Cairo. It was after this that he painted his famous picture ‘The Hhareem’ (c1850) which caused a sensation when it was shown in London, and was widely acclaimed. Although never actually associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Lewis’s style in many ways anticipates theirs in his minute attention to detail and his use of colour. In fact Ruskin, Lewis’s greatest admirer, hailed him as a leading Pre-Raphaelite and included him in his 1851 pamphlet on the group. ‘In the Bey’s Garden’ is a good example of both Lewis’s interest in oriental subjects and his meticulous attention to detail as shown by the woman’s colourful Turkish costume and the rich profusion of flowers and decorated vases. Lewis depicts the effect of light and bright jewelled colours particularly well for which he won the admiration of Holman Hunt. The Painting was accomplished at the height of his mature style and was completed in 1865.

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255gsm Art Paper

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315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

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