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Watercolour - Study of a fox
  • Study of a fox
    Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876
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Study of a fox

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1824 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs R Ellison

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 58, box L

When Lewis was a young man, fox hunting in Britain was the rural sport that had the most popular following. Lewis’s early reputation was founded on the sporting pictures that he successfully exhibited and sold. These included Buck Shooting in Windsor Great Park (Tate, no.4822; exhibited Royal Academy 1826; British Institution 1827) and portraits of individual sportsmen and their dogs. This watercolour may be a work in its own right or it may be a study for an unknown composition. Lewis exhibited two watercolours that included foxes at the Society of Painters in Water Colours: ‘Wild Ducks surprised by a Fox’ (1829) and ‘Fox and Duck’ (1831) (location of both unknown), but he is not known to have depicted the foxhunt itself.

Physical description

Rapid watercolour sketch of a fox's head

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1824 (painted)


Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 18.7 cm, Width: 28.4 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour study of a fox by John Frederick Lewis. Great Britain, 1824.

Labels and date

John Frederick Lewis 1804/5-1876
Study of a Fox

Fox hunting was a very popular rural sport. Although Lewis made a significant number of sporting pictures, including portraits of individual hounds, he does not seem to have been interested in depicting the sport itself.


Given by Mrs R. Ellison 1860
Museum no. FA.531 []


Paper; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Animals; Foxes


Hunting; Animals and Wildlife; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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