WATTS GALLERY – ARTISTS’ VILLAGE: JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS: FACING FAME
This monographic exhibition on the nineteenth-century artist, John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), will feature a wide variety of vivid and detailed paintings created by the artist during his travels in Europe and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Lewis travelled extensively. Early visits to Scotland were followed by time spent in Germany, Italy and Spain. After visiting Greece, Constantinople and Bursa, Lewis continued on towards Egypt in 1841. This journey was a defining moment; it was Lewis’s move to the Islamic quarters of Cairo that significantly shaped both his creative practice and the artistic identity he projected throughout the rest of his career. This exhibition will examine Lewis’s continually evolving and experimental self-fashioning - both during his travels and back home in London - exploring the conflicts that exist between his varying personas, from leader of the art establishment to eccentric recluse.