Maurice Henry Hewlett

Maurice Henry Hewlett, by James Kerr-Lawson, 1904 - NPG 2800 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maurice Henry Hewlett

by James Kerr-Lawson
oil on canvas, 1904
14 3/4 in. x 20 1/4 in. (375 mm x 514 mm)
Purchased, 1935
Primary Collection
NPG 2800

On display in the Room 28 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • James Kerr-Lawson (1862-1939), Painter and lithographer. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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First brought to prominence by The Forest Lovers, (1898), a romantic novel set in the Middle Ages, Hewlett went on to publish a number of historical novels. His Halfway House (1908), The Open Country (1909) and Rest Harrow (1910) revolved around the same central character, John Maxwell Senhouse, an imaginary gypsy scholar. Amongst his poems is 'The Song of the Plow' (1916), an historical account of the 'governed race' in England. This sketch was painted in 1904 when Hewlett was staying with the artist and his wife in a villa outside Florence. He is seen working on his book The Road to Tuscany.

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  • Place made and portrayed: Italy (artist's studio, Casa di Boccaccio, Corbignano, Florence, Italy)

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Current affairs

Britain and France sign the Entente Cordiale, an agreement which resolves a number of longstanding colonial disputes (including a Declaration respecting Egypt and Morocco), signalling growing anxiety about the risk of future German aggression. Although not militarily binding, the agreement, negotiated between French foreign minister Théophile Delcassé, and Lord Lansdowne, the British Foreign Secretary, establishes a diplomatic understanding between the two countries.

Art and science

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is first performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Charting the fantastical adventures of Peter, 'the boy who never grew up', the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook in Neverland, many adaptations have been made of the story.
The painter Gwen John settles in Paris, where she becomes the lover and model of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, modelling for his sculpture Muse.


Japan attacks the Russian Navy at Port Arthur, sparking the Russo-Japanese war. Hostility was prompted by the rival imperialist ambitions of the Russian and Japanese empires in Manchuria, North East China, and Korea, considered by Japan to be an essential buffer against colonisation by Western Powers. Japan wins a series of victories against Russia which transforms the balance of power in East Asia, and undermines the Tsar's rule in Russia.

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