A question came up on www.askart.com 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 artnet.com, de Andreis was a British artist, living from 1880-1929, while christies.com 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.