Hewlett, James (DNB00)

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HEWLETT, JAMES (1768–1836), flower-painter, born 15 Sept. 1768, was son of a gardener and an associate in boyhood of John Britton, the Wiltshire antiquary (Britton's Autobiog. 1850). He practised chiefly at Bath, painting flowers in water-colours, which are noted for good drawing, colour, and botanical accuracy. He occasionally painted other subjects, such as gipsies, and contributed to the Royal Academy and other exhibitions. He died at Park House, Isleworth, 18 Aug. 1836, and was buried in Isleworth Church, where a monument was erected by his widow. There are four drawings of flowers by him at the South Kensington Museum. Another painter of the same name, whose relationship is undetermined, practised at Bath at an earlier date. Queen Charlotte visited his studio in 1817. It is difficult to distinguish their works. The elder Hewlett died at Notting Hill, London, in 1829. The sister of one was the wife of Benjamin Barker [q. v.]

[Bryan's Dict. of Painters and Engravers; Aungier's Hist. of Syon and Isleworth, p. 166; Tunstall's Rambles about Bath, ed. R. E. Peach; Notes and Queries, 7th ser. v. 467.]

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