Catalogue entry

John Frederick Lewis 1805–1876

T01006 Head of a Lion 1824

Inscribed ‘J. F. Lewis. Feby. 1824’. b. r.
Watercolour, 13½ x 10¼ (34 x 26).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Sir J E Swinburne Bart. 1824; Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.
Lit: Sir W Gilbey, Animal Painters of England, III, 1911, p. 170.
Engr: By J F Lewis, published by W B Cooke, 1 May 1824 (repr., Gilbey, op. cit., facing p. 170).

One of several studies of lions and other animals made by Lewis in the 1820s and engraved by him at the same time. Gilbey quotes from the Sporting Magazine for 1824 a description of Lewis as ‘a young artist of considerable promise, who has recently made some very splendid studies of lions, which for their merit have been considered worthy of being added to the collections of Sir John E. Swinburne, Bart., and the President of the Royal Academy’, i.e. Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.