• American Paintings  auction at Christies

    Sale 2199

    American Paintings

    29 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 113

    Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-1910)

    Newport Harbor, Twilight

    Price Realised  


    Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-1910)
    Newport Harbor, Twilight
    signed and dated 'Edmund D. Lewis 1876.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 50 in. (76.2 x 127 cm.)

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    Edmund Darch Lewis made many visits to Rhode Island following the marriage of his sister, Camilla, to Philip Syng Physick Randolph, a wealthy Philadelphian who owned a summer home at Narragansett. The artist found inspiration in the shimmering light and varied topography of Narragansett and its surroundings. In the present work, Lewis masterfully captures the sumptuous light of the setting sun and its effects on the calm waters and striking terrain of Newport Harbor. The subtle and spiritual treatment of light is reminiscent of the luminist works of his contemporaries Martin Johnson Heade and John Frederick Kensett.

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