Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk, circa 1870-1900

Lamb, Rose, b. 1843 d. 1927
Portrait painter
Active in Boston, Mass.

The papers of Rose Lamb in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 224 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 0.8 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The papers of Boston area portrait painter and drawing instructor Rose Lamb date from circa 1870 to 1961, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1870 to 1900, and measure 0.8 linear feet. The collection contains a diploma; letters from artists, writers, historians, and others, including nine letters from former teacher and friend William Morris Hunt; photographs of unidentified people and artwork by Lamb; and original artwork, including a sketchbook from circa 1870, charcoal drawings, two watercolors, and two oil paintings. Artwork depicts landscapes, children, and other figure studies.

Biographical/Historical Note: Rose Lamb (1843-1927) was a portrait painter, Boston, Mass. Around 1876, Lamb began studying with William Morris Hunt and became a highly regarded student of his. Her specialty was children, but gave up painting around 1900 due to illness. Aunt of painter Aimee Lamb.

Donated 1980-1985 by Aimee and Rosamond Lamb nieces of Rose Lamb.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Related Materials

Also available at the Archives of American Art are the AimÔee Lamb (niece of Rose Lamb) papers, 1888-1991.