William Lewin

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William Lewin
Ferns, Flowers, and Fungi
Watercolor on vellum.
Drawings: various dimensions; smallest 6 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (170 x 145 mm); largest, 11 1/16 x 7 inches (280 x 178 mm)
Purchased as the special gift of the Fellows.
Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, Bulstrode, England; her sale, London, Portland Museum, Skinner, 24 April 1786 ff. (to Walker); Mrs. Elizabeth Walker; by descent to John Walker Ford; H.P. Kraus, New York.

Part of 108 drawings of ferns, flowers, and fungi by Ehret and others; seventy-three by Ehret (1978.8:1-73); fourteen by James Bolton (1978.9:1-14); ten possibly by William Lewin (1978.10:1-10); two by R. Alves Rebello (1978.11:1-2); one by Lady Frances Howard (1978.12); one by Ann Lee (1978.13); seven by anonymous draftsmen (1978.14:1-7).
Part of a group originally assembled by Georg Dionysius Ehret's patron, Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck (1715-1785), Duchess of Portland, wife of William, 2nd Duke of Portland.

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