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.
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.
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.