Study of a fox

1824 (painted)

Lewis, John

Height: 18.7 cm, Width: 28.4 cm

FA.531 PDP

Watercolour study of a fox by John Frederick Lewis. Great Britain, 1824.

Rapid watercolour sketch of a fox's head

When Lewis was a young man, fox hunting in Britain was the rural sport that had the most popular following. Lewis’s early reputation was founded on the sporting pictures that he successfully exhibited and sold. These included Buck Shooting in Windsor Great Park (Tate, no.4822; exhibited Royal Academy 1826; British Institution 1827) and portraits of individual sportsmen and their dogs. This watercolour may be a work in its own right or it may be a study for an unknown composition. Lewis exhibited two watercolours that included foxes at the Society of Painters in Water Colours: ‘Wild Ducks surprised by a Fox’ (1829) and ‘Fox and Duck’ (1831) (location of both unknown), but he is not known to have depicted the foxhunt itself.

Given by Mrs R Ellison

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 58, box L

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