Ann Lewis fecit

July 3, 2016 at 12:13 am (entertainment, fashion, history, portraits and paintings) (, , , , )


Ann Lewis fecit

Hopefully you can read the artist’s signature: Ann Lewis facit, in this 1802 drawing. Alas! although the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or LACMA) owns these DELIGHTFUL fashion plate paintings by Ann Frankland Lewis, they are, sadly, NOT ON DISPLAY!

So the next best thing is a cyber visit to Dames a la Mode – where the many works of Miss Lewis can be enjoyed over two pages.

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Surely based on existing fashion plates, Ann Lewis’ drawings are colorful and wonderful, and have (obviously) given costumers some great ideas.

LACMA has only one image, and woefully LITTLE information on the artist, or their holdings. If anyone reading this knows more – please say! Two Nerdy History Girls has a lovely little write-up.

As a group they evidently date from 1774 to 1807. The BLUE dress (above) dates from 1803. And this ‘head’ from 1806.

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Now, if only the museum would put these items on display – or in a special exhibit!

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2 Comments

  1. Lady Smatter said,

    These paintings are so tantalizing! You know I have a soft spot for amateur watercolour painters. I hope someone uncovers more about Anne Lewis and her work.

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      I would love to know what the museum has: a pile of little paintings? a neat & tidy album? How big, how small? (and – please! – have it on display!)

      k

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