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John Frederick Lewis
Dates: British, 1804-1876
Biographical Account:

Lewis was from London and was the son of a prominent engraver, who encouraged his art practice. From early in his career he was known for his detailed watercolour paintings. Later, after spending over 20 years in Spain and Egypt, Lewis became more famous for his oil and watercolour paintings of Mediterranean and Orientalist* subjects, and is sometimes classed with Pre-Raphaelite painters due to his eye for detail.


Lewis was a member of the Royal Academy in London and though he was famous for his art, Lewis was also recognised for his flamboyant dress-sense.


*generally idealised subject matter usually pertaining to Asia, a popular popular in the 1800s.

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