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Lilium Auratum

John Frederick Lewis

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


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

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

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