Travelling in the footsteps of the Scottish painter David Wilkie, to whom this work is dedicated, Lewis travelled through Spain for two years between 1832 and 1834. On his return he devoted the next three to four years to Spanish subjects, remarkable for their fine style, and as a result, and in order to avoid confusion with his brother who was working in India at the time, he became known as ‘Spanish’ Lewis.
‘Spanish’ Lewis was much praised by Ruskin, in company with Prout, in a passage from Elements of Drawing (1867): ‘Let no lithographic work come into the house if you can help it, nor even look at any except Prout’s and those sketches of Lewis’s’. Whilst in his autobiography Praeterita Ruskin also says of Lewis that he is the painter of greatest power, next to Turner, in the English school.
First edition. Large folio, (56 x 38 cm), lithograph vignette title, dedication, list of plates, 25 tinted lithographs, each plate with tissues, bound in red morocco back cloth boards, gilt lettered on spine; a fine example
Abbey (Travel),149; Colas 1858; Martin Hardie p.147; Tooley 302.
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