This fine old work (15 1/2" by 20", 19 1/2" by 31" framed) is a peaceful and poetic scene of a house by a lake, mountains visible beyond, the crescent moon above, signed lower right and dated there 1883 by the well known American 19th century painter EDMUND DARCH LEWIS (1835-1910). This is likely a scene from the Adirondacks or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The artist painted from Maryland to Maine, visited Cuba and apparently Italy, and even apparently spent a short time on the Pacific coast at Monterey, California. Lewis came from a privileged background, and that enabled him to pursue his art full time from an early age. He studied with the important early Hudson River artist Paul Weber, and early on concentrated on scenes near his native Philadelphia. By the age of 19 he had exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy and by 24 was an associate thereof. Lewis went on to paint landscape and marines up and down the Northeast coast, as well as scenes of the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. His earliest works are considered technically superior, more finely executed, and usually painted in oil; at least one fine and large work has sold at auction near six figures. Throughout his painting career, the artist was skilled in showing luminosity. A most highly prolific painter, especially from about 1875 on, it is said that at one point sales of Lewis paintings exceeded those of any other artist in America, making Lewis a commercial and personal success. Today his works are offered at fine auctions around the nation. This example in gouache and watercolor is in very good condition, with some paper oxidation expected in a work of its age. See several other watercolors by the artist in my shop.
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