1 of 3 portraits of Monk Lewis
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by George Lethbridge Saunders, after Unknown artist
watercolour on ivory, based on a work from the early 19th century
4 1/2 in. x 3 5/8 in. (114 mm x 92 mm)
Given by Bernard Falk, 1927
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- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 75
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 380
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 105 Read entry
Matthew Lewis wrote his novel The Monk in ten weeks when he was an attaché, aged twenty, at The Hague. It is the sort of gothick fantasy laughed at by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey. Scott, a great admirer, described 'Monk' Lewis as 'small and boyish, with queerish eyes - they projected like those of some insects, and were flattish on the orbit' (S. G. Lockhart, Life of Sir Walter Scott, Vol.1, p 255). He was boyish-looking for most of his life, which makes it difficult to date Saunders' miniature, probably a copy.
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 315
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