Henry Lamb, a prominent member of a remarkable generation of British artists, is perhaps most closely associated with the Bloomsbury Group, particularly during its early years; his most famous painting, portrait of Lytton Strachey (Tate Gallery, London), is a Bloomsbury icon. Lamb was featured in The Art of Bloomsbury, an exhibition that opened at the Tate Gallery in 2000 and later traveled to the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
Lamb attended the Chelsea Art School, which was run by Augustus John and William Orpen.
Among Lamb's celebrated sitters were Lady Ottoline Morrell, with whom he had an intimate friendship; Evelyn Waugh; Kenneth Clark; Leonard Woolf (husband of Virginia Woolf); Duncan Grant; Dora Carrington; the mosaicist Boris Anrep and his family (their portrait by Lamb is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts); Stanley Spencer; the noted scholar Lord David Cecil; and his own brother-in-law, the distinguished novelist Anthony Powell.
Road and Buildings, St. Satur
Watercolor and pencil on paper
10 x 14 inches (sheet); 10 x 11 1/8 inches (image)
Pen and ink on lined paper, 9 7/8 x 7 15/16 inches
Probably executed about 1909 - 1910
Pansy Lamb, Seated in the Artist's Studio, in a Striped Dress
Pen, ink and watercolor on paper, 14 x 10 inches
Inscribed (at lower right, in pencil) with mathematical equations; signed and inscribed (on verso, in pencil): Do not move this chair/ HL
Executed about 1930
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