George Robert Lewis

Louvain

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
George Robert Lewis 1782–1871
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09516

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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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