The Moray Minstrels (Invitation card of Arthur James Lewis)

Engraver William Harcourt Hooper British
After Frederick Walker British
Patron Arthur James Lewis British

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This 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 58.503.1 for the related drawing). The cut woodblock for this print is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Moray Minstrels (Invitation card of Arthur James Lewis), William Harcourt Hooper (British, London 1834–1912 London), Wood engraving on chine volant

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