Stephen Samuel Lewin was born in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1848, the son of the architect and iron founder Stephen Lewin (1823-1913) and his wife Elizabeth Porritt. He attended the Church Street School in Merton, Surrey where he was a boarder. When he left school he joined his family in Poole, Dorset where his father had purchased a timber and iron merchants. He initially worked as a clerk for his father’s timber business and then became a builders’ merchant before eventually becoming a full time artist.
Lewin married Florence Harris Hill on 21 May, 1874 at Longfleet, Dorset and the couple had 5 children together. The family spent time in Bournemouth and Poole before moving to London where they lived at 8 St Paul’s Studios on the Talgarth Road in Hammersmith. During the early 1880’s he travelled to Europe on a painting trip, taking his family with him. He lived in Dusseldorf for a time where two of his youngest children were born, one in 1882 and the other in 1885. It is likely he studied under a painting master whilst there and soon began producing a number of historical genre works which he became best known for.
By 1891, he had returned to England and had established himself as a successful full time artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He is also known to have exhibited in Belgium. Sometime around 1895, he moved to Chiswick settling at 11 Bath Road, where he lived for the rest of his life. He died in Chiswick 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.
|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||23.5 inches x 31.25 inches (60cm x 79.5cm)|
|Framed Size||30.75 inches x 38.5 inches (78cm x 98cm)|