Lilium Auratum

John Frederick Lewis

 
Lilium Auratum
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Description

Lewis was one of the best known Victorian Orientalist artists, who were fascinated by Far Eastern culture. Their work was fanciful and a reflection of the imagination of the European male rather than a realistic depiction of eastern culture. The painting depicts a concubine and her attendant in a harem garden. The hybrid facial features suggest Lewis used English models in eastern costume. The title refers to the Japanese lilies in the vase held by the concubine.

Image Details

Dimensions
 
1366mm x 875mm
Medium
 
Oil on canvas.
Acquisition
 
Presented by the nephews of G E Bellis, 1961.
Accession Number
 
1911P61

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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