The dedication is to David Wilkie who inspired Lewis and the list of subjects gives also the names of the owners of the original sketches. ” Spanish ” Lewis was much praised by Ruskin, in company with Prout, in a passage from Elements of Drawing, 1867. Ruskin says of Lewis that he is the painter of greatest power, next to Turner, in the English school. He adds that he was treated with injustice by the people of his time. Lewis’s father was an aquatint engraver, Frederick Christian Lewis.
First edition. Large folio, ( 56 x 38 cm), lithographed vignette title, dedication, list of plates, 25 tinted lithographed plates, 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 pg. 147; Tooley No. 302
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