Portrait of a Malay girl signed 'Neville Lewis' u.r. oil on canvasboard 39.5 x 29 cm. (15½ x 11½ in.)
Provenance: Bothner's Gallery, 76 Pritchard St., Johannesburg; The collection of Walter Gostelli (1908-1961); Thence by direct descent to the current owner.
Bibliography: Bosman, L. 'Historia vol IV', 1961, pg. 286.
Lewis was influenced by the work of the British artist Sir Augustus John and the above work has very strong allusions to John's style. A portrait of a similar Malay Girl is illustrated on page 262 of E. Berman's, Art & Artist's of South Africa.