Door of the Alhambra

John Frederick Lewis, 1833

WAG 8154

About this object

Lewis had visited Spain in 1833 in order to study the Spanish Masters at the Prado. He became fascinated with the Moorish architecture of Andalucia during the trip and completed a number of drawings and sketches of the Alhambra while he was there. This watercolour is one of the drawings he made during this trip. Lewis was more concerned with capturing an 'impression' of the place rather than architectural accuracy in these drawings.

Lewis later used this watercolour and others from the trip as the basis for his series of 26 lithograph prints titled 'Sketches and Drawings of the Alhambra', printed in 1835. This watercolour is related to plate 11 in the volume.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Door of the Hall of Ambassadors
  • Artist(s)
    John Frederick Lewis (British: English, born:14 July 1805, died:15 August 1876)
  • Date
    1833
  • Materials
    Pencil; Gouache; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 36.8 cm x 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Associated Person, previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); William Russell Flint (Previous owner); John Frederick Lewis (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8154
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: 1971
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: 1969
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Sold to C.F.J Beausire
  • William Russell Flint

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1969
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously by the executors of Flint's estate

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  • Inscription text: JF Lewis, 1833
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  • Inscription text: DOOR OF THE HALL OF THE AMBASSADORS
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  • Inscription text: 1. Fine Art Society, 10082, April 1971 ex. Sir William Russel Flint / 2. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne, Lewis Exhibition, 1971` (labels)
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Object view = Fine Art
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