Henry Lamb ‘In Arcadia’


4 February – 13 March 2021

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition ‘In Arcadia’, a show of oil paintings and sketches from the Estate of Henry Lamb.

The exhibition sheds light on a remarkable body of mid-career painting, and the pencil drawings and watercolour sketches Lamb made throughout his life. The oil paintings come after 1928, when Lamb moved to the Wiltshire village of Combe Bisset. Portraits and paintings of his family are assured and familiar, and often wonderfully playful. They are joined by three still lives, unusual in Lamb’s oeuvre which largely focussed on people.

Alongside are a selection of drawings taking us from Brittany and Ireland in the early 1900s to a war hospital in France in 1915, ward rooms in the 1940s and socialites of the interwar years. Henry Lamb was a gifted draughtsman and was rarely without his sketchbook. He was invariably drawn to people, and figures from all walks of life are captured with sensitivity, humour and keen observation.

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Henry Lamb RA [ 1883 - 1960 ]

Abandoning his medical studies to become an artist, in 1905 Lamb moved to London where he studied under Augustus John and William Orpen at their short-lived Chelsea Art School. A highly gifted draughtsman he soon moved to Paris, and painted in Brittany. On his return to London he made his name with an extraordinary full-life sized portrait of Lytton Strachey (now in the Tate).

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