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George Cochran Lambdin
(American, 1830-1896)
Yellow and Pink Roses
Oil on canvas, 16 3/8 × 12 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "Geo.C.Lambdin"
 

RS 3006


A son of the well-known portrait painter James Reid Lambdin (1807–1889), George Cochran Lambdin was born in Pittsburgh but from around the age of ten lived in Philadelphia. Trained by his father, Lambdin spent his career in Philadelphia except for trips to Europe in 1854 and 1870, and two years in New York (1868–70). He exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was elected a member of the National Academy of Design in 1868. He exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1867 and at the Royal Academy in London in 1858.

In the 1870s, Lambdin began concentrating on floral still lifes. The Germantown section of Philadelphia, where his family had settled, was the site of internationally known nurseries and flower gardens. Lambdin maintained his own gardens, cultivating many different plants and wildflowers but he preferred to paint roses and became best known for these. He grew roses, wrote about them and painted more versions of them than any other subject in his oeuvre. After 1870, his paintings of roses were extremely popular and widely reproduced as chromolithographs.



  


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