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W.G. Lewis - Mid 20th Century Watercolour, The Old Bridge of Awe

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W.G. Lewis - Original Mid 20th Century Watercolour. From an untitled album of watercolours by W.G. Lewis. Inscribed. In fine condition.

From a large collection of works we have acquired by William George Lewis (1882-1974) and Eileen Lewis. There is little on record about either artist except that W.G. Lewis was a professional illustrator known for his work for Tablet Magazine, working mainly around the mid-20th century. It appears that Eileen was the daughter of W.G., inheriting her father’s talent – she continued to paint into the 1990s. Evidently from an artistic family, one painting by W.G. depicts his father sketching and reference is also made to his mother painting.

W.G. and Eileen were both predominantly watercolour artists and they painted similar subjects in a similar style. Favouring landscapes, both artists sketched in albums dedicated to a particular location, suggesting that they would tour the UK and paint on location. Capturing lakes and mountains in areas of outstanding beauty, W.G. and Eileen painted many scenes around Scotland, Wales and the Lake District. Eileen also painted in Cornwall, Somerset and the Peak District; W.G. painted in Yorkshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Dorset, Devon and also the Loire area of France. Some of the paintings are signed or monogrammed and many are inscribed, identifying the exact location of a scene. Light, fresh and skilfully composed, their watercolours show fine attention to detail in the natural landscape and a love of picturesque British landscape views. In addition to landscapes, Eileen’s paintings include skilled renderings of wild animals, copied from book illustrations.

The additional photo shows a rare painting by Eileen depicting an informal family scene from memory in 1982, featuring herself as a child along with ‘June and Geoff’, possibly siblings or a sister and uncle.

Size

8.9 x 16.1cm (3.5" x 6.3")

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Code mt491
Artist W.G. Lewis
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 8.9 x 16.1cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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