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Henry Lamb
Dates: British, 1883 - 1960
Biographical Account:

Henry Lamb was a British painter, born in 1883 in Adelaide, Australia. The family moved to Manchester, where he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and then moved on to study medicine.


He later moved to London, where he went to Chelsea School of Art, and Rossetti's studios in Flood Street, studying painting with William Orpen and Augustus John.


In 1907 he moved to Paris, where he studied at La Palette, with Jacques-Emile Blanche. During his time in France he spent his summers in Brittany.


Lamb was a founder member of the Camden Town Group, along with Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman, Spencer Gore, Wyndham Lewis, Augustus John, Charles Ginner and many more.


During the First World War he resumed his medical studies, becoming a qualified doctor in 1916. He was stationed with the Northumbrian Field Ambulance Unit in Salonika, in Greece.


He also served as Battalion medical officer with 5th Enniskillen Fusiliers but during service he was gassed and sent home. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross and was appointed an Official War Artist after the Armistice.


From 1921 until 1961, Lamb exhibited at the Royal Academy and was elected Senior Royal Academician in 1958.


At the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed Official War Artist for the second time.


He died in 1960 in Spiro Nursing Home, Campbell Road, Salisbury.
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