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Investigating the Authenticity of Paintings and Drawings believed to be by or Attributed to;

John Frederick Lewis, R.A., P.O.W.S.

(London 1804-1876 Walton-on-Thames)

 

 

  The English artist John Frederick Lewis will be chiefly remembered as one of the leading Orientalist painters of the 19th century.

The son of an artist, he became a talented water colourist. After some early success as a painter, mostly of animal subjects (an interest he shared with his childhood friend and neighbour Edwin Landseer),  Lewis travelled to Europe extensively particularly Spain. Also to Italy, where he spent two years and from there went on to Greece, Albania and Turkey and on to Morocco, stimulating his interest in Arab life and customs. Before eventually settling in Egypt at the end of 1841, a time that saw him immersing himself in their life and their costume which he took to wearing. 

Lewis was clearly amongst the very greatest artists of his day

 

 There is obviously no necessity for a full biography of the life of John Frederick Lewis here, as it has been documented extremely well by other writers, with the exception that inevitably, he was imitated. Due to the vastly increasing values of his works of art in recent years and the quantity of works of art he produced in his lifetime, today, all manner of paintings claiming to be his, either deliberately faked, or more commonly, misrepresented or simply misattributed to this hand, often many years ago, either mistakenly or deliberately, they do appear on the open art market.

 It may well be true that there are some works that were either lost, mislaid, or have been with families across the world for aeons and have never surfaced, still yet to be documented. But it must be said, some of the John Frederick Lewis works that do appear on the open market will need seriously investigating to be absolutely certain of both their legitimacy or a previously given attribution.

 Falsified works can be effected simply by the inclusion of a copied signature or a monogram placed on a work of art that is just a similar or early type, style, or the subject matter to that of Lewis. A previous signature which has been deleted from an old painting with a new one added is common. It is no wonder that question marks can and sometimes do arise about the authenticity of some of his paintings and confusion as to whether they were just from his studio, by pupils or from his circle.

 

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 We are international fine art consultants, specialising in conducting full investigations into the authenticity of works of art created by artists in all categories, all regions and from historical eras, alongside scrutinizing their provenance.

Confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients from around the world for over 45 years, we can assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of authenticity, legitimacy and the attribution of old and modern master works of art. Including the fine works of John Frederick Lewis, his circle and followers, or any paintings or works of art that you are unsure about.

 Some examples of Lewis' works and those signed with that name, appear below.  No inference or question is made as to their authenticity, moreover they are a representational view of the types of works offered for sale at auction internationally some of which will need to be understood and sometimes specifically qualified and authenticated.

 

   

 

John Frederick Lewis, R.A., P.O.W.S. (1805-1876)
Jean Caradja, Voivod of Wallachia, seated on a divan pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of bodycolour

Estimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 100,000
Price realised GBP £252,500.00

John Frederick Lewis BRITISH
THE KIBAB SHOP, SCUTARI, ASIA MINOR signed

JF Lewis and dated 1858 oil on panel

Estimate $1,500,000 — $2,000,000 USD

SOLD. $3,442,500 USD

John Frederick Lewis, R.A.BRITISH
INTERIOR OF SULTANAHMET CAMII (THE BLUE MOSQUE), CONSTANTINOPLE
Estimate £20,000 — 30,000 GBP
SOLD. £42,500 GBP
 

John Frederick Lewis, R.A. BRITISH
GREETING IN THE DESERT, EGYPT (SELAMAT TEIYIBIN) signed and dated J.F. Lewis / 1855 signed and inscribed The Greeting in the Desert / "Selamat" - "Teiyibin" / J.F. Lewis on a label

on the reverse oil on panel
SOLD. £558,100.00 GBP

John F. Lewis
Possibly John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876)
Watercolour on buff paper An Italian Girl Resting

with pot by her side ' Having faint inscription verso John F. Lewis   Estimate: £200 - £300

JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS
London, 1805 - Walton-on-Thames, 1876 Thoughtful little girl Oil on canvas,
Estimate: 2.000,00/3.000,00 € Not sold
 

MANNER OF JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS (BRITISH 1805-1876)PORTRAIT STUDIES OF AN ARAB

Oil on canvas  Sold for £660

Attributed to John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) British. Portrait of a Man, believed to be Christian Lewis (brother of the artist), Oil on Paper

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

John Frederick Lewis, R.A.
LONDON 1804 - 1876 WALTON-ON-THAMES
A VEILED EGYPTIAN GIRL, CAIRO
Bodycolour over traces of pencil

SOLD. £6,250 GBP 

 
 


 

 

 

 

  Both the duration and direction of any attribution or investigation of the authenticity of an art work will always vary from project to project, but there are clear and well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can assist you with including:

 

Authentication: Authentification: Conducting and directing comprehensive investigations and in depth research, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification of a work of art. One that is absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or expert on that given artist.

Directing detailed and complicated inquiries with multilingual, international academic research and any forensic applications that are required.

 

 Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most likely originated. Including the re-examination and investigation of a previous attribution which may be incorrect, or the scrutiny of an attribution that has been formally questioned or doubted.

 

 Confirmation:  Undertaking research and investigations into the legitimacy of the provenance, history and prior ownership of a work of art and establishing its own accuracy.


 Scrutiny: Examen minutieux: Identifying fake works of art and forgeries, including any false supportive accompanying documentation and determining works of art which may be studio or later copies, or previous incorrect attributions.

 Prosecution: Poursuite: Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are , or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes legal professionals and private clients.

 Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care inquiries. Including safe prepurchase or sale related audits and assisting clients in consolidating a well balanced future family distribution.

 

 Appraisal: Évaluation - Valuations, quality and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

John Frederick Lewis

The Pre-Authentication Assessment

 

    Before you begin any art authenticity, legitimacy, or any artist attribution investigation, it is more than wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment of the viability of the project conducted first. Made to independently and rationally balance any negative issues there may be against the positive elements. Treat this study as your safety net.

 We will be happy to professionally undertake this for you, based upon good quality images that you supply and all the known facts regarding its acquisition, the history and provenance of the work of art as is known to you.

You will then have a far better understanding of the prospects and pitfalls that could lie ahead.

See our FAQ's for details of the process

 

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  Avant d'entreprendre une enquête sur l'authenticité d'une œuvre d'art ou l'attribution d'un artiste, il est plus que prudent de procéder à une évaluation impartiale de sa faisabilité. Ceci est fait pour équilibrer indépendamment tous les problèmes négatifs qui peuvent exister contre le positif.

Nous serons heureux d'entreprendre cette étude d'une manière professionnelle pour vous que nous considérons comme votre principal filet de sécurité.
Il sera basé sur les images que vous fournissez et tous les faits connus concernant votre acquisition, son passé et la provenance de l'œuvre telle que vous la connaissez.
Vous aurez alors une meilleure compréhension des perspectives et des difficultés éventuelles à venir, avant de prendre une décision.

 

 

 Spanish flag Antes de embarcarse en cualquier investigación de autenticidad artística o atribución de artista, es más que prudente realizar primero una evaluación imparcial de su viabilidad. Esto se hace para equilibrar independientemente cualquier problema negativo que pueda haber contra el positivo.

Nos complace emprender profesionalmente ese estudio para usted, que consideramos su red de seguridad. Se basará en las imágenes que usted suministre y todos los hechos conocidos con respecto a su adquisición, historia pasada y procedencia del trabajo tal como lo conoce.

Entonces tendrá una mejor comprensión.

 


 

 

 

ABOUT PAINTING DESCRIPTORS AND TERMINOLOGY

John Frederick Lewis

 

 

  It is important to understand the auction terms used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be painted in the style or manner of the artist, or even the stylized - would be copies of his works which happen to bear a signature or monogram. In this case the paintings and drawings of John Frederick Lewis.

 

 Where the name, John Frederick Lewis is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually as John Frederick Lewis, then in their professional opinion they are in no doubt, it is the genuine and authentic item, one painted by the artist himself.

When Attributed to John Frederick Lewis , or John Frederick Lewis is similarly used as ascribed to or Attrib, [abbreviated,] then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But... there is no guarantee. It's only an opinion.

 When John Frederick Lewis ; “School of, or Studio of ….” or “Workshop of John Frederick Lewis " or atelier of John Frederick Lewis " is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work executed in the studio of the artist. Possibly by an apprentice or a pupil under the principal artists supervision and guidance.

 But if the term John Frederick Lewis circle of, or “Circle of John Frederick Lewis ” is specifically cited, then in their opinion, it is a work only of the period of the artist and showing his influence, or closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by his pupil or student.

 When the name is given; Painted in the “Style of John Frederick Lewis ” or “Follower of John Frederick Lewis is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s way, his 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. But it may be contemporary, or nearly contemporary of the artist.

 If the phrase in the “Manner of John Frederick Lewis is used or is defined….” then in their opinion it's also only a work painted in the style of the artist but of a later date and definitely not by the artist himself.

 When the term “After….John Frederick Lewis "; is the term used, then in their opinion it is a copy (made at any date) of an authentic and original work by the artist. This also applies to prints made 'after' an original work of art either by the artist himself or another artist/ printmaker..

Signed John Frederick Lewis ; “Dated….” or “Inscribed John Frederick Lewis ” Then in their opinion the work has been signed/dated/or inscribed by that specific artist. The addition of a question mark ? however, indicates a strong element of doubt.

 When the term 'bears signature', is used or the name, John Frederick Lewis is specified followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature of John Frederick Lewis /date/or inscription” Then in 'their opinion,' the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

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