A Finding Aid to the Rose Lamb Papers, circa 1870-1961,bulk circa 1870-1900, in the Archives of American Art
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.lambrose
Creators:
Lamb, Rose
Dates:
circa 1870-1961
bulk 1870-1900
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Boston area portrait painter Rose Lamb date from circa 1870 to 1961, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1870 to 1900, and measure 0.8 linear feet. The collection contains a diploma; letters from artists, writers, historians, and others, including nine letters from former teacher and friend William Morris Hunt; photographs of unidentified people and artwork by Lamb; and original artwork, including a sketchbook, charcoal drawings, watercolors, and two oil paintings.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of Boston area portrait painter and drawing instructor Rose Lamb date from circa 1870 to 1961, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1870 to 1900, and measure 0.8 linear feet. The collection contains a diploma; letters from artists, writers, historians, and others, including nine letters from former teacher and friend William Morris Hunt; photographs of unidentified people and artwork by Lamb; and original artwork, including a sketchbook from circa 1870, charcoal drawings, two watercolors, and two oil paintings. Artwork depicts landscapes, children, and other figure studies.
Correspondence within the the collection includes 19 letters from artists, such as Albert Sterner, Ross Turner, Howard Pyle, and Charles H. Woodbury; writers Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Margaret Deland, and Alfred Noyes; and historians John Fiske and Albert Bushnell Hart. Also found are nine letters from former teacher and friend William Morris Hunt. Eight of his letters describe in detail his work on the painting of murals in the Capitol building in Albany, New York, and one letter discusses his painting of portraits in North Easton, Massachusetts. Also among the correspondence are four letters to Aimée Lamb, Rose's niece.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 4 series:
  • Series 1: Diploma, 1881 (Box 1, OV 3; 1 folder)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1878-1914, 1952-1961 (Box 1; 5 folders)
  • Series 3: Photographs, circa late 1800s (Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Artwork, circa 1870-late 1800s (Box 1-2, OV 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Rose Lamb (1843-1927) was a portrait painter and drawing instructor of Boston, Massachusetts. Lamb was born in Boston to a prominent family and was a student of William Morris Hunt and Helen Knowlton during the 1870s. Though she did not exhibit often during her lifetime, she was a successful portraitist specializing in portraits of children. Lamb was an active member of Boston society, befriending many artists, writers, and other cultural figures, and her portraits were in great demand among prominent Boston families. She traveled to Europe in 1881, 1890, and 1914, perhaps taking art classes while there in 1881. In 1884, and possibly later, she assisted George Bartlett as a drawing instructor at the South Boston School of Art. In 1900 she suffered a severe illness and stopped painting. For the remainder of her life she instead pursued travel and social activities. Rose Lamb died in 1927.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The papers of Rose Lamb in the Archives of American Art were digitized in
2009
, and total
224
images.
Photocopies of letters from originals found at outside archival repositories have not been scanned.
Processing Information
The collection was microfilmed in the order in which it was received on reels 1309 and 3888. The entire collection was fully processed, arranged, and described by Erin Corley in 2008 and digitized in 2009 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Author
Erin Corley
Sponsor
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Provenance
This collection was donated by Aimée and Rosamond Lamb, nieces of Rose Lamb in installments, primarily from 1980 to 1985. They donated the nine letters to Lamb from William Morris Hunt in 1976.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk circa 1870-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of the original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Rose Lamb papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Related Material
Also available at the Archives of American Art are the Aimée Lamb (niece of Rose Lamb) papers, 1888-1991. Original letters to Rose Lamb from Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam are available at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Portrait painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oil paintings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolor paintings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Charcoal drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turner, Ross, 1847-1915 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ritchie, Anne Thackeray, 1837-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiske, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lamb, Aimée, 1893-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
https://www.aaa.si.edu/services/questions
https://www.aaa.si.edu/