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

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

Lamb, Rose, 1843-1927

Portrait painter

Representative image for Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk, circa 1870-1900

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

Collection Information

Size: 0.8 linear ft.

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.

Provenance

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

Related Materials

Funding

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

Location of Originals

  • Cassatt and Hassam letters: Originals in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A Finding Aid to the Rose Lamb Papers,
circa 1870-1961,
bulk circa 1870-1900
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.lambrose
Author
Finding aid prepared by Erin Corley
Biographical Note
Rose Lamb (1843-1927) was a portrait painter and drawing instructor of Boston, Massachusetts. Lamb was born in Boston to a prominent family and was a student of William Morris Hunt and Helen Knowlton during the 1870s. Though she did not exhibit often during her lifetime, she was a successful portraitist specializing in portraits of children. Lamb was an active member of Boston society, befriending many artists, writers, and other cultural figures, and her portraits were in great demand among prominent Boston families. She traveled to Europe in 1881, 1890, and 1914, perhaps taking art classes while there in 1881. In 1884, and possibly later, she assisted George Bartlett as a drawing instructor at the South Boston School of Art. In 1900 she suffered a severe illness and stopped painting. For the remainder of her life she instead pursued travel and social activities. Rose Lamb died in 1927.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 4 series:
Series 1: Diploma, 1881 (Box 1, OV 3; 1 folder)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1878-1914, 1952-1961 (Box 1; 5 folders)
Series 3: Photographs, circa late 1800s (Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 4: Artwork, circa 1870-late 1800s (Box 1-2, OV 3; 0.3 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
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.
Correspondence within the the collection includes 19 letters from artists, such as Albert Sterner, Ross Turner, Howard Pyle, and Charles H. Woodbury; writers Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Margaret Deland, and Alfred Noyes; and historians John Fiske and Albert Bushnell Hart. Also found are nine letters from former teacher and friend William Morris Hunt. Eight of his letters describe in detail his work on the painting of murals in the Capitol building in Albany, New York, and one letter discusses his painting of portraits in North Easton, Massachusetts. Also among the correspondence are four letters to Aimée Lamb, Rose's niece.
Provenance
Donated 1980-1985 by Aimee and Rosamond Lamb nieces of Rose Lamb.
Related Material
Also available at the Archives of American Art are the Aimée Lamb (niece of Rose Lamb) papers, 1888-1991. Original letters to Rose Lamb from Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam are available at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Location of Originals
  • Cassatt and Hassam letters: Originals in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Processing Information
The collection was microfilmed in the order in which it was received on reels 1309 and 3888. The entire collection was fully processed, arranged, and described by Erin Corley in 2008 and digitized in 2009 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2008 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website. Photocopies of letters from originals found at outside archival repositories have not been scanned.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk, circa 1870-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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