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.
1366mm x 875mm
Oil on canvas.
Presented by the nephews of G E Bellis, 1961.
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