James Lewis (1753-1788)

Date: 1772-1775

James Lewis was the brother of Warner Lewis II. This portrait, along with one of Warner Lewis II and Warner’s wife, Mary Chiswell Lewis, descended through James Lewis’s daughter. James was a son of Warner Lewis and Eleanor Bowles Lewis of Warner Hall. It is unclear where the portraits originally hung or were painted. However, Warner Hall is a likely site.

Dimensions: 31 x 26 in. (78.74 x 66 cm.)

The subject wears a blue jacket with gold buttons over a red waistcoat trimmed in gold. He sits outdoors in a landscape. He leans against a tree. A dead bird lays at his right elbow. He holds a hunting rifle across his lap with his right hand. Beyond is field and a forest with a Virginia rail fence running along the treeline.

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum

Family: Lewis
Location: Warner Hall
Decade: 1770s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Partial gift of Miss Alice Dulany Ball, Mr. Francis Mallory Ball, and Mrs. Emma Matilda Ball Papp, 1991-1173.