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    Judith Lewis and Thomas Frye
    Conversation piece of the Hon. Herbert Hickman Windsor, dressed in Hussars’ uniform with his sister Charlotte Jane, later Countess of Bute, with their dog and other pet animals in a landscape. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This painting, one of only three known signed works by the Irish female artist Judith Lewis, comes up at Sotheby’s Old Master and 19th century paintings day sale in London on July 6. Lot 139 is estimated at £24,000-32,000. Judith Lewis was sister of Stephen Slaughter, a Dublin-based portrait painter, and later wife of another Dublin artist, John Lewis, who was the first scene-painter to be permanently employed at the Smock Alley Theatre.

    This work depicts the Hon. Herbert Hickman-Windsor in a hussar’s uniform, his trousers decorated with Irish Harps, alongside his sister Charlotte Jane, who would later become the Countess of Bute, and from whose husband’s family this picture has descended. Both sitters were the children of Herbert Windsor, 2nd Viscount Windsor, a British landowner and Tory politician. They are depicted in an arcadian landscape, surrounded by a dog, a chipmunk and a variety of exotic birds. In the late 17th and 18th centuries, exotic animals were considered the ultimate extravagance and display of wealth as they were imported from far away countries. When this painting was with Philip Mould the attribution of the landscape to Judith Lewis and the figures to Thomas Frye was endorsed by Dr Michael Wynne.

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