Landscape owned by Stephanie MItchell

Stephanie Mitchell contacted me to determine if a pastel she had hanging in her Marietta, Ohio home for the past 15 years was painted by Hubert Lewis.

H. R. Lewis signature from pastel lanscape

H. R. Lewis signature from pastel landscape

Given the signature has several aspects of Hubert’s signature, I am fairly certain it is indeed, Hubert Lewis’s. Also, the landscape itself is very much like many of Hubert’s pieces.

Pastel Landscape signed H R Lewis

Pastel Landscape signed H R Lewis

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Campsite Pastel

Judy Randolph sent me several photos of another campsite pastel with the signature of H.R. Lewis. Hubert Lewis had several landscapes that were painted with variations to their themes, and the campsite paintings exemplify this well.
Judy wrote: “Just read most of your book, my family is from Pittsburgh and we have lived in Daytona Beach Florida for the last 36 odd years. We have an H.R. Lewis and have not investigated whether it is a print of an original. We have had it since the early 1970s, however the owners Mr. and Mrs. Knight had it in their home since 1905. This landscape, like you wrote about the boy scout theme and sailboat on lake…it is a lake with sail boats, a mountain in back ground, full moon lit night and on the shore to the right is a campfire and tent with a figure in it, among pine trees near the shore.”

Judy went on to tell me that the Knights had received the pastel as a wedding gift. Since I knew my great grandfather had given several couple paintings as wedding gifts, I wondered if perhaps he had given this to the Knights, since they had lived in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. Judy was unable to verify if that was the case. Judy’s father, Clyde Weissert is the current owner of the pastel. The painting was a gift to Mr. Weissert’s family from the Knights.

Interestingly, Judy also wrote: “While I was reading your book I thought I might have had one of Hubert’s poppys, however it was not his, similar but the artist is MAX STRECKENBACH ECKERNFORDE, that is a mouth full. It hung in my mother in laws dinning room since the late 1930s to early 1940s, don’t know where she got it. It is similarly framed like your figure #53 [from book Hubert Lewis the Artist: His Life, Family and Work]. But gee Hubert’s poppys are a dead ringer, maybe it was an inspiration of either one of them, as they painted the same time period.”

As I mentioned in my book, R.A. Fox, too, painted a variation of the “Poppies”. All three of these artists– Lewis, Streckenbach (from Eckernforde), and Fox– lived and worked in about the same time period, so I do not know whose work was original and who emulated the works of the original. Perhaps there was yet another artist that all three replicated. If any one knows the answer to this question, I would love to hear it.

Clyde  Weissert current owner

Circa 1905 Campsite pastel by H. R. Lewis, Clyde Weissert current owner

Judy Randolph campsite pastel HR Lewis close up2 1905

Close up of tent in Campsite pastel

Judy Randolph campsite pastel HR Lewis signature

H. R. Lewis signature on Campsite themed pastel circa 1905

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Oil from Jim Stirone of Camarillo

Laurie from Camarillo, CA wrote to tell me her father-in-law, who spent most of his life in Wilmerding, PA, passed down an original oil painting by H. Lewis to her husband, Jim Stirone. It had been hanging on the living room wall for most of Jim’s life in his father’s home. This particular painting was not dated with a year, as most aren’t.

The painting is a landscape of an autumn day, with a winding path along side a winding still creek. Hubert often incorporated water into his landscapes.

Landscape in oil signed H. Lewis

Landscape in oil signed H. Lewis

LAurie in Camarillo CA sig

Laurie wrote “I am excited to read your book about Hubert and I am amazed by his life in the steel mills to painter.”

Thank you for sharing photos of the painting, Laurie. I enjoy showing my great grandfather’s work.

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DC Slate with H. Lewis painting “after Androis” (de Andreis) signature

A question came up on about an H. Lewis painting of a Scottish Soldier. I wrote to the poster to get a photo of the painting and the signature, as well as get more information.

DC Slate emailed me with photos, and noted that the signature read “H Lewis Alter Androis” or maybe “H Lewis After Andreas”, she asked if I had any idea what that meant. A while ago I had seen an H. Lewis work which had the “after” and then a name as well as Hubert’s signature, but not being an expert on art I consulted my cousin, Julie Rogers. Julie explained to me that “after” refers to the style of the other artist’s name.

I researched the name with the painting, and came up with Alex Androis, which then led me to Alex de Andreis.  I believe de Andreis to be the correct artist, as there were many paintings with the same style of dress and color done by him. The paintings were of Cavaliers or Muskateers. According to, de Andreis was a British artist, living from 1880-1929, while has him as a Belgian, living 1871-1939. Either way, he would have been an artist at the time my great grandfather Hubert Lewis was working as an artist.

According to DC the oil painting is in mint condition and is 30 by 37 inches. It is a beautiful work.

Cavalier H. Lewis "after Andreis"

Cavalier H. Lewis “after Andreis”

H. Lewis signature "After Andreis"

H. Lewis signature “After Andreis”

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Patricia Boyer and her link to Hubert Lewis

I received an interesting email recently from Patricia Boyer. Patricia inherited two H. Lewis works, a chalk landscape and a floral oil painting. The pictures came from her parents, who had received the works as a wedding gift September 9, 1935 from an “H. Lewis”.
Pat didn’t know who H. Lewis was; “I have a distant relative, Marion Rosendahl, whose father was Harloff & mother was Garnett, who died when Marion was young. Marion was raised by someone else & used the Lewis name. The story which I heard was that H.Lewis was a painter who worked for a big department store in Pittsburg & knew our family.”
It turns out Patricia’s father was a cousin to Marion Lewis Rosendahl. Marion was the daughter Harlof Rosendahl and of Garnet, Hubert’s daughter who died in the flu epidemic in 1918 just months after giving birth to Marion. Hubert and Sarah Lewis took baby Marion and her father Harlof in to their home after Garnet died. After some time, Harlof left Marion to be raised with the Lewis’s, her grandparents, as he went out to start his business in California.
It would seem Hubert liked to give his art as wedding gifts, especially to those in the family. The gift to his granddaughter’s cousin was noteworthy in that it shows there was still a familial tie to Harlof’s side of the family 17 years after the death of Garnet. The newlyweds lived in Carlisle, PA, about 180 miles away from the Lewis’s.
If my accounting is correct with my ancestry skills, I believe that Patricia and I are each first cousins once removed to Marion, but no relation to each other. We both learned some new things about Hubert Lewis and our respective families.

H. Lewis landscape 1935 owned by Patricia Boyer

H. Lewis landscape 1935 owned by Patricia Boyer

H. Lewis signature circa 1935

H. Lewis signature circa 1935







H. Lewis floral circa 1935 owned by P. Boyer

H. Lewis floral circa 1935 owned by P. Boyer

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Floral Painting and Pastel Landscapes

James Kazokas contacted me about a painting he won in an auction in Northfield, Massachusetts. It bore the familiar signature of my great grandfather, Hubert Lewis. A bright floral, 12 inches by 16 inches, a little worn from time, has poppies in the bouquet, a flower painted often by Hubert.

James K floral painting

Signature from Floral owned by James Kazokas

Kevin Shaw, from Cleveland, also contacted me to share two pastel landscapes, signed H. Lewis that were handed down to his wife and him from her father. His wife is originally from Pittsburgh, which is probably where her father acquired the pieces. Kevin Shaw pastel2 retouched

Pastel Landscape owed by the Shaws

Pastel Landscape owned by the Shaws

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Beautiful Pastel Landscape

James and Debra Desocio wrote to share a photo of their original Hubert Lewis pastel landscape. James described it as such:

It is a very pleasant evening landscape in a beautiful frame.  The painting measures approximately 27 1/2 inches tall, and 13 1/2 inches wide.  It is a lovely pastel. The Hubert Lewis pastel belonged to my wife’s late cousin who passed away in August of 2012 at the age of 94.  We inherited the piece.   This particular piece we hold very dear to our hearts and is displayed on a prominent wall in our living room.

James and Debra Desocio pastel

James and Debra Desocio pastel

James and Debra Desocio pastel signature

James and Debra Desocio pastel signature

I wrote back to the Desocio’s:

The frame is beautiful. Hubert created many pastels and oils with simple scenes that were so beautiful in their simplicity. Some of his work is considered Hudson River School-like, though he was not considered a Hudson River School artist. We had two similar pastels in our home growing up, that now belong to my brother John.

The signature you gave me is definitely Hubert Lewis’s although if you look at one then the other, you’ll see yours looks “peppier”. All the important parts are there, but there is more flair. There are other known works of Hubert’s with signatures like your pastel has.

Hubert listed his type of work as a framing company in one census, and I have ledgers showing he was paid by the same company that published his prints from the 1930’s-late 1940’s, Keystone Picture Frame Co. So he may have made that frame. It seems to me the original frames are unique. I can’t verify that, not having seen all his work, but they certainly each have their own personality.

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Possible Hubert Lewis painting with signature variation; will owners of known Hubert Lewis works please have a look?

Diana Wolfe contacted me and sent photos of a painting and the signature, which looks like H. Lewis with the year 1921 written as well. The signature looks like it may have been written with a slightly broader brush, and there are similarities to Hubert’s known signatures, but differences as well. The “w” is much the same as many of his signatures. Hubert wrote the year on at least two paintings that I know of; my own Girl Playing the Piano and A Road through the Woods owned by Rob Stevenson. The “9” in 1921 looks much the same as the 9s the other two paintings.

Signature-is it Hubert's? retouched

Signature-is it Hubert’s? retouched

But the signature is also different enough that I can’t say I believe it is Hubert Lewis. The curved left side usual to his H is missing, the lengthened base on the L is not there, and the typical added tail of the s is also absent. This photo has been retouched to made the signature more readable.

HR Lewis signature, from the Girl Playing Piano painting

HR Lewis signature, from the Girl Playing Piano painting

Owned by Diana Wolfe

Owned by Diana Wolfe

This is a photo of known signature of Hubert’s, signed in 1948, 27 years later. Hubert’s signature has varied over the years, but  some aspects stayed fairly consistent. He has signed either H. Lewis or H. R. Lewis.

The piece itself is a landscape. Hubert painted many landscapes, but this one does appear to be slightly different in style. I don’t know enough artistic lingo to describe how the landscape is different, however. Hubert had a few works that were also different than his usual style, so it may well be his.

If anyone who has Hubert’s art recognizes this landscape or signature from one of his pieces, please send me a photo of work and the signature if you can, or let me know so I may let Diana know.

Thank you,


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Other works by H. Lewis

I received a few emails from Cheryl Thiel, herself an artist and framer, who had just purchased a 22×30 oil painting from an auction house in North Carolina. She seemed so excited about her find, and told me she found a similar painting Autumn on my website page about my cousin Dale’s art,
I asked her to title her piece and she called it the Sunny Side of the Street. Cheryl summed up the differences between the two paintings, …the biggest change was a woman standing behind of the white fence by the gate and a few chickens.  The window of that house was replaced on mine since the woman was not there.  Also noted that what l thought was a curb was actually a tree limb or something in the foreground….a few other little things different..hard to tell on photos.  Also frame similar but a little different.  I couldn’t really see the signature… 

Sunny Side of the Street-Cheryl Thiel

Then Cheryl sent another email:
Hey Kim….l am moving things around  the shop today getting ready for a sale……was taking a piece l have always liked and did not want to sell, home……look at the signature!  Published by Keystone.  I love the frame on it!
She had one of H Lewis’s prints by Keystone Publishing Company, much like one I own.

Cheryl Thiel print

Cheryl Thiel print


Rob Stevenson wrote to me:
I came across your site while looking for some information on a painting that has been in my family for quite some time. I’m unsure as to whether Hubert Lewis painted this and was hopeful that you might be able to help.

Landscape owned by Robert Stevenson

Landscape owned by Robert Stevenson

I studied the photograph and wrote back to Rob:

This indeed looks like a painting by Hubert Lewis. The interesting thing about this piece is that under his HR Lewis signature, he wrote the year. I have seen over 100 of his pieces now, and up till now I only knew of only one other that had the year written on it, and it is the “Girl Playing the Piano” that I own.

This landscape is reminiscent of some of the other landscapes, but they are each unique in their own way as well.

The year written on the painting appears to be either 1930 or 1936.

Interestingly, given I’ve only seen a couple of works with the year written on it, I received an e-mail from Diana Wolfe that showed a painting with the year written on it as well. However I will post that painting in another post soon.

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