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A PAIR OF EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPES
1700 -1765 with inscription
Oils on canvas 16 x 46 inches
Framed sizes 20 x 49 ¾ inches
George Lambert was born in Kent in 1700.
He became one of the earliest and most important British painters of topographical and imaginary landscapes George was taught by John Wootton and did indeed work in his style and that of Gaspard Poussin.
As with a number of other great 18th Century painters, he turned his hand to Theatrical scene painting, which could be quite lucrative in those days.
He worked for the theatres of Lincolns Inn Fields; Covent Garden and Theatre Royal.
It is said that George Lambert, was often too busy to leave the theatre and contented himself with a beefsteak broiled upon the fire in the painting-room. His visitors so enjoyed sharing this dish that they set up the Sublime Society of the Beef Steak Club, which still exists today.
George was associated in the 1730’s with Hogarth and Samuel Scott who painted figures and water in his ‘Views of Westcombe House’ (Wilton) which after Siberechts are the earliest consciously pictorial view of English houses and Parks. He also painted the landscape in Hogarth’s big paintings for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital 1735/6.
Lambert has claims to the title of ‘Founder of British landscape painting’.
Lambert was the first Chairman of the Society of Artists 1761 and was elected its first President shortly before his death, in London on 30/31 January 1765.
Lamberts paintings display grandeur and his use of soft light to unify the scene. His work is really the first in British painting to concentrate on the landscape of nature rather than the land as property. The influence of his work can be seen in so many illustrious British landscape painters who followed him.
This pair of paintings would date from around 1750 when he had developed a softness of palette colour, so admired by his contemporaries. They are filled with delightful detail.
His influence can be seen in many other landscape paintings of the 18th Century.
Works Represented: Painters Company; Foundling Hospital; Tate Gallery; National Museum of Wales; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Georgian House Museum; Bowes Museum and many others.
Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters – Ellis Waterhouse
Dictionary of British Landscape Painters – M.H. Grant
Provenance: Private West Country Collection
|Height||16.00 inch||(40.64 cm)|
|Width||46.00 inch||(116.84 cm)|
|External Height||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|
|External Width||49.75 inch||(126.36 cm)|
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