PORTRAIT OF GEORGE LEWIS

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“The sitter was the grandson of Sir George Lewis (1833-1911), a solicitor of unusual brilliance who extricated the Prince of Wales from the Tranby Croft baccarat scandal, and advised Whistler on his bankruptcy following the libel case he brought against Ruskin in 1878. He patronized many contemporary artists – Sargent and Alma-Tadema were clients, and Burne-Jones’s celebrated portrait of his daughter Katie was sold in these rooms on 14 June 2000, lot 20 (£240,000).” (Christie’s.)

  • Date: 1917.
  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 792 x 1030 (0.82 m²).
  • History: auctioned by Sotheby’s, 7 Jun 1995; 12 Jun 2001; 23 May 2002; Christie’s, 14 Nov 2002, est. £400-£600, sold for £822 (not inc. fees), “Portrait of George Lewis, seated full-length, in a garden / signed with initials and dated ‘A.L.S. 1917’ (lower right) / Provenance / The Lewis Family.”
  • Location: unknown.

 

 

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