A Rest for the Cow Herd
A Rest for the Cow Herd
A Rest for the Cow Herd

JAMES LAMBERT OF LEWES (1725-1788)

A Rest for the Cow Herd

1725 to 1788 England

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A REST FOR THE COW HERD

JAMES LAMBERT OF LEWES

1725 –1788
Oil on canvas 30 x 42 ½ inches
Framed size 37 1/2 x 49 3/4 inches

James Lambert was born in Eastbourne and baptized at Willingdon on 29 December 1725. He was the son of James Lambert, flax dresser of Lewes and Susannah (nee Bray).
Lambert became a painter of portraits and landscapes and moved to Lewes early in his life. He was locally valued and became known as ‘Lambert of Lewes’. He was a teacher of music and painting. His work closely resembled that of the three Smith brothers of Chichester. Views of the beautiful inland country of Sussex, seldom far from Lewes, though he painted Devon in 1762, but in Lamberts work nearly always enlivened by sheep or cattle, of which he was a professional portraitist, much employed by the local agriculturists. Occasionally, like the Smiths again, he gave a classical turn to his landscapes, when invented turrets and Italian crags would loom over the unmistakable Sussex countryside and farmsteads beneath.
He married Mary Winton at Stopham on 29 April 1760.
Lambert never visited London but sent his works annually to the Galleries, exhibiting 17 works at the Incorporated Society of Artists, 30 at the Free Society of Artists, 7 at the Royal Academy. Three of his paintings were engraved.
James Lambert died on 7 December 1788 after a long illness and is buried at St John-sub-Castro, Lewes.
A drawing, and many architectural drafts of Hurstmonceux are in the Victoria & Albert Museum. There is a self-portrait of him in the Lewes Archaeological Museum and a painting by him in the National Gallery.

Bibl: British Landscape Painters – M.H Grant
Portrait painters in Britain – B. Stewart & M. Cutten
Dimensions
Height 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Width 42.50 inch (107.95 cm)
External Height 37.50 inch (95.25 cm)
External Width 49.75 inch (126.36 cm)
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D64909
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