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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

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.

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.

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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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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.

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.

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

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