George Lambert (British, 1765)


George Lambert was an extraordinary 18th century British landscape and scenery painter. He was a founder and the first president of the Society of Artists in 1760, the most prestigious group of its time. Lambert also painted scenes for Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre and Covent Garden Theatre.
Lambert was the first English-born painter to devote himself entirely to the landscape, both classical and topographical. His method was to make pencil drawings of a location which he later worked up in oils in his studio. The figures were done by other artists, sometimes by Hogarth. He also collaborated with Samuel Scott on paintings of East India Company's settlements.
(Dating from 1747, the view of Powderham Castle, Exeter painted by Lambert shows Devon, England in the distance. Built over 600 years ago, Powderham Castle is the historic home of the Earl of Devon).