Ann Stewart Fine Art is pleased to present
Edna Lewis: Photographs by John T. Hill
610 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
On view April 7–May 7
Please note: An excellent new book on Edna Lewis has just been released by UNC Press: Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, edited by Sara B. Franklin. The book includes a photographic essay by John T. Hill, as well as the photograph on the jacket cover.
Edna Lewis went from a rural crossroads community called Freetown, Virginia—founded by previously enslaved people, including her grandfather—through Washington, D.C. to New York, and eventually returning to the South. In New York, in 1949, she became a partner and chef at Café Nicholson. There, prominent figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams came to enjoy Southern hospitality and meals with a French influence.
The Taste of Country Cooking, by Edna Lewis, with help and encouragement from famed editor Judith Jones, was published in 1976. It has been adopted and absorbed by a host of America’s most influential chefs and food writers.
Edna Lewis, on learning to cook:
Clementine Paddleford: in her review of Café Nicholson and Edna Lewis’s desserts.
New York Herald Tribune, March 24, 1951
John T. Hill Photographs of Edna Lewis
Miss Lewis, as she was often called, was a striking figure, interested in art, fashion, and politics—in addition to foodways and culinary worlds—all of which is captured in the photographs of John T. Hill. As Hill notes:
This exhibition will include photographs of Edna Lewis that have never been published or publicly exhibited. A select number of images from the show will be available for purchase through Ann Stewart Fine Art.