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Edmund Darch Lewis : Cape May, New Jersey
Edmund Darch Lewis (Cape May, New Jersey)

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Artist: Edmund Darch Lewis
Title: Cape May, New Jersey
Year: 1894
Media: Watercolor and gouache on paper, 9 3/8 20 inches
Description: Signed and dated at lower right: “Edmund D. Lewis/1894”

Lewis’s late work consists primarily of watercolors that he painted for his own pleasure. Many of these represent the popular resorts Cape May and Atlantic City. The artist’s biographer has noted that “such scenes account for some of his finest work in this medium” and that “the convenience and relaxing nature of such trips would have been appealing to the ageing artist, since the rigors of irregular terrain and travel were avoided in such outings.”1 From the 1880s until his death, the artist frequently spent summers on the south shore of New Jersey with his younger brother Clifford, who owned a house in Cape May.

Notes

1. Michael Schantz, Edmund Darch Lewis, 1835–1910 [exh. cat.] (Philadelphia: Woodmere Art Museum, 1985), p. 11; Schantz, on p. 20, illustrates four watercolors of Atlantic City that Lewis painted in 1904. Another watercolor, Cape May (1889, Sewell C. Biggs Collection, Dover, Delaware), is discussed in Catherine E. Hutchins, ed., The Sewell C. Biggs Collection of American Art: A Catalogue, vol. 2, Paintings and Sculpture (Dover, Del.: Biggs Museum of American Art, 2002), pp. 374–75.

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