Interior of Santa Sophia Constantinople

John Frederick Lewis, probably 1840 or 1841

WAG 8173

About this object

Lewis lived in Cairo for ten years and is now known for his meticulous, jewel-like paintings of 'exotic' harem girls and desert encampments. His early reputation was gained for picturesque Spanish architectural views, including 'Door at the Alhambra', also in the Walker's collection (WAG 8154).

This sketch, showing a great Byzantine architectural monument, was made at Constantinople where he stayed briefly on the journey from London to Cairo. It is similar to his Spanish work in that it focuses on architecture rather than people.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    John Frederick Lewis (British: English, born:14 July 1805, died:15 August 1876)
  • Date
    probably 1840 or 1841
  • Materials
    Gouache; Watercolour; Pencil; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 54.5 cm x 38 cm
  • Physical description
    An interior drawing of the Santa Sophia in Contantinople looking through arches an up towards the central dome.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Associated Person, previous owner); John Frederick Lewis (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8173
  • 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


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


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  • Inscription text: J.F.Lewis
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  • Inscription text: H.Sophia Constantinople / 160 on top of 194
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Object view = Fine Art
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