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    Sale 2133

    American Furniture and Decorative Arts including English and Dutch Delft

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 260

    BETSY LEWIS (1786-1818), DATED 1801

    Rural Charms and Rural Scene

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    BETSY LEWIS (1786-1818), DATED 1801
    Rural Charms and Rural Scene
    watercolor and ink on paper
    7½ x 6 in.
    19th Century (2)

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    These two decorated pages were part of a sketchbook executed by Betsy Lewis in 1801. Other pages from this book are illustrated and discussed in American Anthem as part of the Ralph Esmerian gift to the American Folk Art Museum (Lee Kogan in Stacy C. Hollander and Brooke Davis Anderson, American Anthem (New York, 2001), figs. 22a-d, pp. 304-305). Betsy Lewis was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1786 to James and Hannah Pierce Lewis. She attended the Ladies Academy in Dorchester where she completed the sketchbook. The first forty-seven pages of this book were intended to memoralize the death of George Washington (Hollander, p. 304). At the lower right of Rural Charms, Lewis expressed this sentiment in a drawn memorial initialed GW as well as in the patriotic exclamation MAY AMERICA BE FREE FOREVER bordering the text.


    Kennedy Gallery, New York
    Pook & Pook, Downington, Pennsylvania, November 23, 2002, lot 524~

    Pre-Lot Text