(American, 1830 - 1896)

Among the Roses, 1879

Watercolor on paper, 16 x 20 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: “Geo. C. Lambdin./79.”

Even as late as 1879 George Lambdin was relying on photographic models. His Among the Roses (1877; location unknown; illustrated in Weidner, George Cochran Lambdin, p. 41, no. 42) shows a floral landscape surrounding a maiden in white, her arms uplifted as she pins a rose to her hair. George’s 1879 sketch from the Lambdin family collection-shown here–so similar to the earlier Among the Roses, is clearly a related work. Perhaps this is another image of Agnes, based on a photograph taken in about 1862-65 when she was between nine and twelve years old, and reproduced on canvas much later. Although to the rest of the world this maiden in a landscape might have seemed a genre work, to Lambdin family members it was likely a cherished portrait.

About the Artist

(American, 1830 - 1896)

Son of the well known portrait painter and miniaturist 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, he also studied in Europe in 1854-55. Although Lambdin's exact itinerary is unknown, in 1855 he did study in Munich with William Henry Furness, Jr. (1827-1867).

Lambdin spent his career in Philadelphia except for his trips to Europe in 1854 and again in 1870, and his two years in New York in 1868-70. He exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1848 to 1888 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.