Alfred William Lambourne
(1850 - 1926)
Alfred William Lambourne was active/lived in Utah, California. Alfred Lambourne is known for landscape, mural and panorama painting, illustration.
Alfred William Lambourne
Biography from Anthony's Fine Art
Alfred Edward Lambourne was born in England on River Lambourne on
February 2, 1850. His parents encouraged his artistic talents
while he was young, and when the family converted to the LDS faith and
moved to the United States, Lambourne's experience as a romantic
realist painter of the western landscape began.
Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store
As a youth,
Lambourne lived in St. Louis until his family migrated to Salt Lake
City in 1866 (Haseltine, 42). During the trek west, Lambourne
kept a sketchbook of the scenery along the way. After the
family's arrival in Utah, Alfred began painting scenes for the Salt
Lake Theater Company; he was just 16. Although he had some
instruction from J. Guido Methua, George Tirrell, and Henry D. Tryon,
Lambourne was primarily self-taught (42). He had an original
approach to landscape painting and was capable of depicting moonlight
and sunset scenes with an air of mysticism.
and painting style was that of the "Rocky Mountain School", which was
similar in style and philosophy to the Hudson River School of the East.
Similar to Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Cole, Lambourne
was a painter of new and often unexplored territories. "It is
said that explorers of the time did not claim discoveries in an area
until they ascertained whether Lambourne had already painted there." (Dictionary of Utah Artists,
277). In 1871, Lambourne went on an expedition to Zion Canyon
with Brigham Young and produced the first sketches of the area.
during the 1870s, Lambourne traveled with Charles R. Savage, the famous
nineteenth-century photographer. Later that same decade, he traveled
and painted with his friend Reuben Kirkham. Together they
produced a landscape panorama that was similar to C. C. A.
Christensen's and Samuel Jepperson's. The idea of a panoramic
show was popular and appealing to Utahns of the nineteenth
century. The large size of Lambourne's paintings reflected the
grandeur of the United States. Kirkham and Lambourne traveled with 60
panels entitled Across the Continent (1876) , including a 25-foot long view of the Salt Lake Valley (Utah Art, 25).
the 1880s, Lambourne was well known for his painting abilities.
He was one of the first artists to visit and paint Yellowstone, the
Grand Canyon, and Yosemite and was quickly gaining commissions.
In 1800, collector J.R. Walker had Lambourne paint Moonlight, Silver Lake, Cottonwood Canyon (1880).
The picture depicts two figures in a boat and features dramatic changes
in value and a heavy atmosphere. Also during the 80s, Lambourne began
writing poetry to express his feelings on nature and Utah.
Lambourne reported that the "lonely solemnity of Utah's scenery moved
him" (Utah Art, 36).
In January 1884, he wrote an essay
contrasting the visual arts and literature, and by the 90s, Lambourne
almost exclusively preferred the pen to the paintbrush. He wrote
a total of 14 books, some of which he illustrated with black and white
tempera paintings. Of the few easel paintings he did produce,
several were hung in the Salt Lake temple in 1992, including one of the
Hill Cumorah and one of Adam-Ondi-Ahman.
Lambourne died June 6,
1926, in Salt Lake City. He had been a painter, writer, explorer, and
lover of nature. He was described as a man "of ability if not genius"
(Utah Art 20).
Courtesy of the Springville Museum of Art
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A painter, Alfred Lambourne was born in England on River Lambourne on February 2, 1850. He came to the United States with his parents about 1860, and lived in St Louis until 1866. In that year he joined a wagon train bound for the West. Driving his father's oxen, he sketched along the way.
After settling in Salt Lake City, he was based there while sketching and painting in the Wasatch Range, California and other western states. He was also a scenic painter for the Salt Lake Theater and muralist for the Latter Day Saints Church.
About 1899 his interest in painting waned as he gave full attention to poetry and prose. He was author and illustrator of 14 books before his death in Salt Lake City on June 6, 1926. About 610 of his paintings are extant.
University of Utah
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