Stanley and friends, 1926

Stanley with students, 1940

The Welsh Molecatcher , painting, 1937

Stanley and Min's wedding day, 1939
Wartime Newport:
The Home Front

An Artist's War

Stanley Lewis, MBE
The early years
The Lewis family moved to Chepstow shortly after Stanley was born on 18th December 1905. The family then moved to Newport to live at Llwyn-on, Croesyceiliog.

Stanley studied at the Newport School of Art in Clarence Place from 1923 to 1926. He was awarded a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, which he attended from 1926 to 1930.

Rome Scholarship Award

After winning second prize in the Rome Scholarship Awards for Mural Painting, he returned to South Wales to take up a teaching post as painting master at the School of Art in Newport in 1930.

The Welsh Molecatcher

In 1937 he gained national recognition when his painting The Welsh Molecatcher was voted the most popular picture at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

It was purchased by the Newport Museum and Art Gallery and has become one of the best-loved paintings in the collections.

Romance and marriage

After a short courtship Stanley married one of his students, Minnie Wright. The ceremony took place at Rogerstone Church near Newport on 2nd August 1939 just one month before war was declared.

Considering the prevailing political situation and the imminent threat of war, the couple surprisingly went to France for their honeymoon.

Copyright: Newport Museum & Art Gallery Newport South Wales NP20 1PA


Stanley Lewis, MBE
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