Australian-born Lewis specialized in New York street scenes and became one of the leading printmakers in America in the years leading up to WWII. This shadowy street scene shows an encounter between a young man and a woman outside a newsstand. Light from the shop shines out into the sidewalk, illuminating the young man, whose hands are in his pockets. A prominent 7-Up sign looms above them, and in the window, a magazine titled “True Love” can be seen. In the background, a second pair of figures engages in a nocturnal flirtation.


  • Title: Chance Meeting
  • Creator: Martin Lewis
  • Date Created: 1940/1941
  • Physical Dimensions: 10.5"h x 7.5"w
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: etching and drypoint
  • Culture: American, born in Australia
  • Credit Line: Gift, Edwin DeTurck Bechtel in memory of Dr. Levi W. Mengel
  • Creator Death Date: 1962
  • Creator Birth Date: 1881

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