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, https://hlewisartist.com/2013/04/09/art-from-second-cousin-dale-and-her-mother/.
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…
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.
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.
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.