William Thomas Lewis (1748 - 1811) was an actor. He is shown in Mrs Inchbald's play, produced at Covent Garden on 22 May 1787, in the part he then played.

The picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792. The sitter's son left this picture as well as a valuable bequest of money to the Gallery, which continues as the Lewis Fund.

Key facts

Artist dates
1769 - 1850
Full title
Mr Lewis as the Marquis in 'The Midnight Hour'
Date made
before 1792
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
239 x 147 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Thomas Denison Lewis, 1849; entered the Collection, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery