Stephen Samuel Lewin was born in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1848, the son of the architect Stephen Lewin (1823-1913). He initially worked as a clerk for his uncle’s timber business and then at a builders’ merchant before becoming an artist. Lewin married Florence Harris Hill in 1874 with whom he had 3 children. The family lived in Hammersmith at 8 St Paul’s Studios on the Talgarth Road, before moving to the Bath Road in Chiswick. He travelled to Europe on a number of occasions to paint, taking his family with him. He is known to have exhibited in Belgium and two of his children were born in Germany, one in 1882 and one in 1885.
By 1891, Lewin had become a successful artist exhibiting at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He died in Brentford in 1909.
Lewin specialised in historical works often featuring Cavaliers and figures in 17th century costumes similar to Edgar Bundy. His paintings display his great talent for draughtsmanship and eye for detail. Examples of his work can be found at the Nuneaton Museum, Sheffield Museum and Towneley Hall Art Gallery.
In this painting we see three men involved in a card game, one of whom is an artist. At first glance, it appears to be a good natured game between the three very different characters. However, the overturned stool and discarded pipe tell a different story. Although the man who has just stood up may have lost the hand, he digs in his pocket to stake another game. The challenging look between the two players goes unnoticed by the man in the black hat.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||24.25 inches x 19 inches (61.5cm x 48.5cm)|
|Framed Size||31.5 inches x 26.25 inches (80cm x 67cm)|