(Kent, United Kingdom 1695 - 1765)

  • Author: George Lambert (Kent, United Kingdom 1695 - 1765)

  • Technique: Oil on canvas, 66 x 77,5 cm


Marie Luise Schnackenburg “Der Englische Landschaftmaler George Lambert 1995 p. 84 cat. 16, fig. 15

Elizabeth Einberg “Catalog Raisonnè of the works of George Lambert” The Annual Volume of the Walpole Society, 2001 Vol. 63 pag. 149 no P1743A fig. 69


George Lambert was an English landscape artist and theater scene painter. With Richard Wilson he is recognized as a pioneer of the English landscape in art, an end in itself.

Lambert was born in Kent and studied art with Warner Hassells and John Wootton, soon drawing attention to the quality of his landscape painting. He painted many large and beautiful landscapes in the style of Gaspar Poussin and Salvator Rosa. Many of his landscapes have been finely engraved by François Vivares, James Mason (1710-1785), and others, including a series of views of Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe (painted jointly with Samuel Scott), a view of Saltwood Castle in Kent , another of Dover is a landscape presented at the Foundling Hospital in London.

Lambert also gained an excellent reputation as a scene painter, first working for Lincoln's Inn Fields Theater, in London, under John Rich. When Rich moved to the Covent Garden Theater, Lambert enlisted the assistance of Amiconi, and together they produced a much higher quality scenario than any previously performed.

Lambert was a man of jovial temperament and witty spirit, and he often spent his evenings at work in his loft at the Covent Garden Theater, to which men of note from the fashionable or theatrical world came to share his dinner with a beef steak, just cooked on the spot. From these meetings the well-known "Beefsteak Club" was born, which has long maintained a high social reputation. Most of Lambert's pictorial scenes unfortunately perished when the Covent Garden Theater was destroyed by fire in 1808.

Lambert was friends with William Hogarth and a member of the jovial society that met at the Old Slaughter's tavern in St. Martin's Lane. In 1755 he was one of the members of the committee of artists which proposed a Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was a member of the Society of Artists of Great Britain, exhibited with them in 1761 and the following three years, and contributed to the Academy's exhibitions during the same period. In 1765 he and other members separated and formed the Incorporated Society of Artists of Great Britain, of which the first president was elected.

In collaboration with Samuel Scott, Lambert painted a series of Indian views for the old East India House on Leadenhall Street. He also engraved two prints after Salvator Rosa. Lambert was associated in 1735 with George Vertue, Hogarth and John Pine (engraver, 1660-1756) in obtaining a bill from Parliament that granted artists copyright on their works. Lambert's portraits were painted by Thomas Hudson, John Vanderbank (engraved in halftone by John Faber the Younger in 1727, and online by H. Robinson and others), and Hogarth.

Lambert's most famous painting is “A View of Box Hill, Surrey” (1733) which depicts a well-known beauty spot in South London. Hogarth considered Lambert a rival of the famous French landscape painter Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) with respect to his use of soft light to unify the scene of this painting. Although he has never visited Italy, he was inspired by the classical tradition of landscape painting.

Lambert died on November 30, 1765 in his home in Covent Garden Square.

Among his students John Inigo Richards (1731-1810) and John Collett (1725-1780)


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