Born in South Africa, Lewis was educated there and later at the Slade School in London. He studied with Stanhope FORBES at Newlyn c1910-14, and married a fellow student from Ireland. In WWI he served in the armed forces in France, Belgium and Italy, and during WWII was an official war artist for the South African forces.
His first marriage broke up in 1922, and he was left with three small children he sent home to Cape Town for relatives to raise, although he visited regularly. He married Vera Player in 1933, and they settled in Chelsea with the return of his son from South Africa. He frequently painted black South African subjects.
many London galleries
Green (2002) Posing the Model
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
The Modernist Journals Project