Much of Lewis’s work was intended for engraving. This meticulous pencil study was made while he travelled in Europe with TF Dibdin. Lewis was making drawings for the illustrations to Dibdin’s book, Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany. Though this work includes people going about their business, the buildings dominate the picture. Lewis renders them with great precision, using crisp lines to emphasise the details of the architecture. The drawing showcases Lewis’s knowledge of ecclesiastical architecture, particularly his interest in early Norman churches.
Gallery label, October 2019
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