Exhibition Tour: John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame

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Until 24 September 2019
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Exhibition Tour
John Frederick Lewis:
Facing Fame
Tuesdays, 30 July, 13 & 27 August, 10 & 24 September, 8 & 22 October
2-2.45pm
Admission + £5 | Friends £4.50

Join an expert guide to explore the life and work of John Frederick Lewis, with an opportunity to ask questions and look at the exhibition in closer detail.

Please note: A ticket for General Admission must be purchased alongside the Exhibition Tour ticket.

Image: John Frederick Lewis, In the Bey's Garden, 1865. Oil on canvas. Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston.

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John Frederick Lewis:
Facing Fame

9 July - 3 November 2019

This monographic exhibition on the nineteenth-century artist, John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), will feature a wide variety of vivid and detailed paintings created by the artist during his travels in Europe and the Middle East.


Throughout his career, Lewis travelled extensively. Early visits to Scotland were followed by time spent in Germany, Italy and Spain. After visiting Greece, Constantinople and Bursa, Lewis continued on towards Egypt in 1841. This journey was a defining moment; it was Lewis's move to the Islamic quarters of Cairo, significantly shaping both his creative practice and the artistic identity he projected throughout the rest of his career. This exhibition will examine Lewis's continually evolving and experimental self-fashioning - both during his travels and back home in London - exploring the conflicts that exist between his varying personas, from leader of the art establishment to eccentric recluse.


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