Hubert Lewis the Artist: His Life, Family and Work-the book

I finally approved the last proof of the book Hubert Lewis the Artist: His Life, Family and Work! I’ve been researching, writing, proofing and rewriting, since December 2012. With the help of many people, I believe I have gathered much information and data about Hubert Lewis, enough to paint a picture of the artist’s life.

Hubert Lewis the Artist: His Life, Family and Work

https://www.createspace.com/4325598

The book features art from this blog site, and much more. There is more of Hubert Lewis’s work out there, and I welcome any one who would like me to include their name and a photo of their piece of H. Lewis art to comment here and I’ll reply.

Many thanks go to each of you who have taken the time to tell me your stories about Hubert Lewis, his art and his family. Thank you to everyone who shared art with me to put into the book.

To purchase a copy please follow this link https://www.createspace.com/4325598

It is also available at amazon.com for Kindle, but due to many pictures, I recommend book form. Click below link for Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Hubert-Lewis-Artist-Family-ebook/dp/B00DJVQD3A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376011960&sr=8-1&keywords=hubert+lewis

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Art Owned by Michelle Benjamin

I received a message from a distant relative, Michelle Benjamin, through this website. Michelle is the great-granddaughter of one of Sarah Benjamin Lewis’s brothers, John Benjamin. We share great-great-grandparents, therefore the Michelle is my 3rd cousin. I shared some of the photos I have of Sarah and John Benjamin’s parents with Michelle. Hubert was John Benjamin’s brother-in-law, which would make Hubert Michelle’s great-great uncle.

It would seem Hubert was generous with giving other family his art work, not just his children,  as Michelle had five to share here. Michelle told me that she knew the art she inherited was created by a relative, but said she didn’t really know who H. Lewis was or the stories behind him until she found my website.

The first Smooth Stream is much like John and Kim Hundley’s On the Bank, as well as Dave Kennedy’s Running Stream once again.

Smooth Stream

Smooth Stream

Camping

Camping is a variation on the campsite type pictures.

By the Stream

By the Stream

Autumn Path

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

More landscapes, as well.

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Sarah Lewis

Second cousins Paul and Darla sent me a photo of this picture of our great-grandmother Sarah Lewis that they found in Darla’s mother’s (Jean Lewis) attic. I believe Hubert created it with chalk. Sarah and Hubert were married in 1885 and were together for 67 years until Hubert’s death in 1952.

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More Art from the Collection of Russell and Jean Lewis

Paul and Darla requested other family members send their photos of pictures they own of H. Lewis’s work. They received a response from Darla’s brother. A few of the photographs were not posted due to quality issues. The Poppies are present again, but in a variation.

Poppies

Poppies

Path by a Stream

Path by a Stream

Hay to Market

Hay to Market

Running Water

Running Water

Grapes Hanging with Pears

Grapes Hanging with Pears

Mountain Pool

Mountain Pool

Still River

Still River

By the River

By the River

Choppy Seas

Choppy Seas

Camping

Camping

Duck Crossing

Duck Crossing

 

 

 

 

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My Sisters’ H. R. Lewis Art

Both of my sisters, one older than me and one younger, now live in California. Jane transplanted after living much of her life in Portland, OR. Teri lived for many years in New York before relocating to San Francisco. Through the moves, they still have their art given to them by our mother shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer.

I recently acquired a print of the painting Poppies painted by our great-grandfather, Hubert Lewis. I remembered seeing that painting at some relative’s home, but I just couldn’t quite remember whose. Then my sister Jane sent me emails yesterday with her pieces from H. R. Lewis and, lo and behold, there was the painting of the Poppies! I’m not sure how I forgot that I grew up with it, especially since I like it so much.

Poppies

Poppies

The other piece, a landscape with a crisp lake in the foreground and a snowy mountain in the background is signed H. R. Lewis, as is the Poppies painting.

Snowy Mountain Landscape

Snowy Mountain Landscape

Teri sent me her photos, as well. She received the chalk of our grandparents, Hazel and Alexander P. Rogers. It looks so much like a photo with it’s detail that one way to know it’s a chalk is because it’s in color, whereas photos back then were only in black and white. I estimate it was done in the early 1920’s because they were married in September of 1924. I don’t know if it was taken before or after they married. Grandma would have been in her early 20’s to mid-20’s since she was born in 1900, and Grandpa was probably in his late 20’s or early 30’s since he was born in 1895.

Chalk of Grandpa and Grandma Rogers

Chalk of Grandpa and Grandma Rogers

Teri’s other painting she called “Fruity Lewis” is a basket bursting with strawberries and bananas are next to the basket on a plate on the table.

Bowl Bursting with Strawberries

Basket Bursting with Strawberries

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H. Lewis Pastel Landscape Owned By John and Kim Hundley

I received an email yesterday from John Hundley:

“Hello,

I was searching the internet yesterday to see if I could find out anything about an artist who signed his work – H. Lewis.  My wife and I bought a pastel landscape of his about 30 years ago at an antique store where we live in Wyandotte, Mi..  It hung in our dining room for several years until we redecorated and then it went into storage.  Our son moved out last year and we redid his room.  Now a guest room filled with many of the antiques we had in either the basement or the attic.

Found your blog and had to let you know how exciting it is to find out who drew our piece of art.  I am a family history and genealogy freak and searched the 1920 and 1930 census records for Hubert and found him working as an artist at a frame company.  I’m sure it is in it’s original frame.  We couldn’t have paid more than $35.00 at the time we bought it.”

Enjoying your great grandfather’s art,
John Hundley

Well, John and Kim, I very much appreciate you contacting me and allowing me to share your piece here. It gives me great pleasure to know that my great-grandfather’s art dons the wall in a room made so lovely by the antiques and art you are displaying.

I’m sure that is the original frame, as well. As you can see from the other photos on the website there are several with decorative frames, but it seems no two are alike. My brother John has two chalks that we grew up with, so I love that style. Your antique room is a perfect place for it.

I hope this encourages others to send me photos of their H. Lewis art, because I would love to display every piece.

Thank you again,

Kim

Pastel Landscape by H. Lewis, owned by Johnand Kim Hundley

Pastel Landscape by H. Lewis, owned by John and Kim Hundley

H. Lewis landscape owned by John and Kim Hundley

H. Lewis landscape owned by John and Kim Hundley

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Brother John’s H. Lewis Art

My brother John has attempted to reduce the confusion of who H. Lewis was on an antiques and art website forum, and gave me the website information a few years ago to help defend our great-grandfather’s art. Seeing this forum helped to spur me into motion to also defend the art by spreading correct information.

My mother gave  John two chalks done by our great-grandfather, Hubert Lewis. The frames on these pieces are exquisite.

Landscape with House and Boat in background

Landscape with House and Boat in background

Water Landscape

Water Landscape

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Art from Darla and Paul

I found Paul and Darla (my second cousin, great-granddaughter of Hubert Lewis) through an antiques and art website forum. I contacted Paul through the email he left on the site. They have been a wonderful source of information to me, sending me photos of art, information about the family that I didn’t have, as well as giving me leads to new information.

They, along with Darla’s mother Jean, have a fantastic collection of H. Lewis’s work.

Self portrait

Self portrait Hubert Lewis

Floral with green vase

Floral with green vase

Fox Hunt

Fox Hunt

John D Lewis Hubert's son, Darla's grandfather

John D Lewis Hubert’s son, Darla’s grandfather

Day's Catch pastel

Day’s Catch pastel

 

Jean Wolcott Lewis (Darla's mother)

Jean Wolcott Lewis (Darla’s mother) (May 20, 1919 – December 10, 2014)

 

 

 

Beech Tree Lane

Beech Tree Lane

Blue Boy signed HR Lewis

Blue Boy signed HR Lewis

Cottage

Cottage

Cottage 2

Cottage 2

Country Road

Country Road

Country Stream

Country Stream

Evening pastel

Evening pastel

Forest pastel

Forest pastel

Sunny Path pastel

Sunny Path pastel

Sailing Ship

Sailing Ship

Single Flower in Pot

Single Flower in Pot

Winterscape

Winterscape

Woods with Sun Break signed H. R. Lewis

Woods with Sun Break signed H. R. Lewis

Farm with boat

Farm with boat

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Art from Aunt (Doris) Jean’s House

My cousin Gina brought along some photos of H. Lewis’s art to our cousin get-together. These come from her mother, Jeanie’s, home.

As the youngest daughter of the youngest daughter (Hazel) of Hubert Lewis’s, Doris Jean Boynton is one of the few surviving grandchildren. Born Doris Jean Rogers, my aunt prefers to be called Aunt Jeanie.

Hubert Lewis painted several family members, and his youngest daughter, Hazel, was the subject in two pieces that I know of. One of her as a young woman, which appears in this post and another as a young married woman with her husband AP Rogers (my sister Teri owns that piece). The blue spot on the photo is from printer ink, not on the art itself.

Grandma Hazel Rogers Hubert's youngest child) as a young woman

Grandma Hazel Rogers Hubert’s youngest child) as a young woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted below are the other works that are in Aunt Jeanies’s house. The photos have been retouched to restore color due to printing and scanning.

Meadow Path

Meadow Path

 

 

 

 

River and woods landscape

River and woods landscape

 

 

 

River landscape at Aunt Doris Jean's retouch

Sail Boat on Water

 

 

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Art from a Collector

Due to the confusion of the signature of H. Lewis, two forums were started on the antiqueandthearts.com website by folks who owned pieces of his art trying to figure out just who the signature belonged to. I left my contact information on the forum and I received emails from a couple of collectors who had H. Lewis art. We cleared up the confusion using the signature I have on my Girl Playing the Piano painting.

I recently wrote back to the owners of the art work and asked if I could post their pieces. This post contains two of the landscape-type from Dave Kennedy in Seneca Falls, NY.

I believe both are pastels, with ornate frames signed H. Lewis. Dave tells me he has about seven of H. Lewis’s pieces.

It was good to know that others, who were not relatives, enjoyed Hubert Imageart and that it still hangs in in people’s homes.

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