Henry Lamb ‘Still Life of Apples’

1929
oil on canvas
h51 x w61cm
signed and dated Lamb 29 (upper right)

Messums Art Market says:  Still lifes are relatively rare in Lamb’s oeuvre. The present example comes directly from the Artist’s Estate.

 

Henry Lamb RA (1883 – 1960)  was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1883 shortly before his father moved the family to Manchester having taken a post in the Mathematics department of Manchester University. He grew up in Manchester as one of seven children to Professor Horace Lamb and his wife, Mary. He first studied medicine before abandoning his studies to be an artist. Aged twenty two he left for London to study under Augustus John and William Orpen at their short-lived Chelsea Art School. John was particularly formative in those early years and it was with John that Lamb moved to Paris a few years later. Once back in London Lamb joined the Fitzroy group and was a founding member of both The Camden Town Group and The London Group. The eminent critic and biographer Lytton Strachey was a good friend and between 1912 and 1914 sat for a portrait that would become one of Lamb’s greatest works. It now resides in the Tate and was described by Sir John Rothenstein as “one of the best portraits painted in England in this century”. With the outbreak of the first world war Lamb returned to his study of medicine and served as a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps in France, Salonika and Palestine where he was awarded the Military Cross. He was not an official war artist but was always sketching and drawing in spare moments. In 1928 he married Lady Pansy Pakenham and moved to the quiet Wiltshire village of Coombe Bissett where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Lamb was appointed an official war artist for the second world war. At the same time as his appointment as a war artist Lamb was elected as an associate of the Royal Academy and a Trustee of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate. He was finally awarded full membership of the Royal Academy in 1949.

 

Seller Price £3,850
Comparative Gallery Price: £5,850

£3,850

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