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George Lambert, 1700–1765

An Arcadian Landscape

Pastel on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 19 1/2 x 25 7/8 inches (49.5 x 65.7 cm), Frame: 24 1/2 x 31 x 2 3/8 inches (62.2 x 78.7 x 6 cm)

Signed and dated in brown chalk, lower right: "G.L. 1742"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, in honor of Brian Allen, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (1993-2012)
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
arcadia | boat | clouds | figures | landscape | men | river | sheep | trees
Associated Places:
Arcadia | Greece
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IIIF Manifest:

George Lambert, a member of the artistic circle of William Hogarth and Francis Hayman, was the first British-born painter to devote himself entirely to landscape painting. Although he often painted topographical views, he also made idealized compositions derived from the Italian tradition. In the mid-1740s he painted a small number of landscapes in pastel, then a new departure in Britain at a time when pastels were mostly reserved for portraits. In this example, an ideal landscape opens before us to reveal two figures reclining by a river and a shepherd driving his flock toward us along the road. The scene represents a vision of happy and harmonious nature bathed in sunlight, a glimpse of a lost, golden age.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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