Emerson Road, Fishwick, Preston, England
John Frederick Lewis
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on buff paper. In 1840, Lewis travelled from London, via Italy, Greece and Turkey, to Cairo where he remained for the next ten years living as a local in an Ottoman house and dressing in Turkish costume. The sketches, such as the present drawing, which he made during this period gave him material for the rest of his life. Lewis often travelled into the desert to sketch the Bedouin people and their way of life. He liked the peace of the desert, the place where 'there were no crowds to jostle' (see Major-General Michael Lewis, John Frederick Lewis, R.A, 1978, p.23).
A similarly sized drawing by Lewis of the same encampment is in Leeds City Art Gallery and a fully worked-up watercolour of a Bedouin encampment with similar tents is in the Yale Center for British Art (see Baskett and Snelgrove, English Drawings and Watercolours 1550-1850 in the Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon, 1972, no.145, ill.).
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