In the Bey's Garden
John Frederick Lewis
Oil on canvas
143 x 105 cm.
Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston
The title indicates that this is a scene of a woman picking flowers in the provincial governor's garden, in the Middle East. However, the woman was identified by the sculptor Thomas Woolner as Lewis's wife, Marian (see Tromans 134, and 204, n. 23), and the scene may owe something to Lewis's garden in Surrey, where he worked up many preliminary sketches from his years in the Middle East. — Jacqueline Banerjee
Image kindly provided by the Watts Gallery, for purposes of reviewing their exhibition, linked above. [Click on the image, and the detail, to enlarge both, and mouse over the text for links.]