The Vintage Rose
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Born in Pittsburgh on January 6, 1830 and the son of James Lambdin. In the late 1830’s his family moved to Philadelphia and by 1849 George was exhibiting his first works at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1850 the family move to Germantown, just north of Philadelphia, and it was here that they would remain.
In the late 1860’s, George moved to New York City and took up residence at the Tenth Street Studio Building. Among the artists he would have met were Seymour J. Guy, John G. Brown, Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson and John LaFarge, the renowned still life painter (it was this friendship, that many believe, would soon inspire Lambdin to devote his later life to the study and depiction of flowers).
Philadelphia, and more specifically Germantown, was a center of horticultural activity during the 19th century and a number of famous nurseries were founded there. The ability to find suitable subject matter was easy and it was Lambdin’s realistic and sophisticated flower paintings of this period that earned him his deserved fame and popularity.
These floral works fall into distinct groups: the more typical depiction of flowers in a vase, flowers captured in a natural setting, and his now famous, and unique, images featuring flowers against a black, or solid dark, background (a number of which are illustrated below).
Lambdin remained an active member in both horticultural and artistic circles until the end of his life in 1896.
Examples of the artist’s work can be found in the collections of the:
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Weidner, Ruth Irwin, George Cochran Lambdin (1830-1896), Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA., Exhibition: September 6 – November 23, 1986
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