Born in Maryland about 1812. Lewis worked in Boston and NYC before joining the Gold Rush to California in 1849. Traveling overland, the scenes he sketched along the way were later used as the subject of a large panorama. By 1851 he was back in the East and active in Boston and NYC until 1860. Exh: American Art Union, 1851, 1852.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
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