The Moray Minstrels (Design for Invitation card of Arthur James Lewis)

Frederick Walker British
Relates to Arthur James Lewis British

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This design for a printed invitation was created for the well-to-do silk merchant Arthur James Lewis who, before his 1867 marriage, regularly welcomed male friends to Moray Lodge, his home on Campden Hill, overlooking London's Holland Park. Once a month, between January and March, singers would gather on Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm to perform modern and ancient works; with oyster suppers served at eleven. Lewis was himself an amateur artist who joined the Junior Etching Club and welcomed London artists, such as J. M. Whistler, to his home. The invitation captures the jolly informality of Lewis's entertaining (see 58.503.2 for the related print).

The Moray Minstrels (Design for Invitation card of Arthur James Lewis), Frederick Walker (British, London 1840–1875 Perthshire, Scotland), Pen and brown ink, graphite, touches of white gouache (bodycolor)

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