OIL PAINTING: A Cairo Bazaar - The Della 'l', 1875
Lewis travelled a lot in Europe, making a leisurely, four-year tour ending in Constantinople, before moving to Cairo where he settled for a decade. There, Lewis lived the life of a rich Turk, affecting native dress and customs. Lewis returned to England with a series of watercolour pictures showing Eastern life that proved enormously popular with the British public. Lewis became an important figure in various watercolour societies, becoming President of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1855, although in the end he turned entirely to oil painting.