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William Thomas Lewis

(circa 1746-1812), Actor

Sitter in 6 portraits
Lewis was an actor and theatre manger who began his career in Ireland before arriving in London in 1773. He soon became well-known London's theatrical circles, performing in Covent Garden for 35 consecutive seasons. He was famous for his comic roles and was known as 'Gentleman Lewis' to reflect his refined style of acting.

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William Thomas Lewis as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Gainsborough Dupont - NPG 5148

William Thomas Lewis as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Gainsborough Dupont
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1794
NPG 5148

William Thomas Lewis, possibly by Jean Condé, after  Samuel De Wilde - NPG D18983

William Thomas Lewis

possibly by Jean Condé, after Samuel De Wilde
stipple engraving, published circa 1791
NPG D18983

William Thomas Lewis as the Marquis in Elizabeth Inchbald's 'The Midnight Hour', by and published by John Jones, after  Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG D37317

William Thomas Lewis as the Marquis in Elizabeth Inchbald's 'The Midnight Hour'

by and published by John Jones, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, published 17 November 1792
NPG D37317

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12786

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D12786

William Thomas Lewis, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D12154

William Thomas Lewis

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 March 1810 (28 October 1798)
NPG D12154

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'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D13699

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