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 Adrian Stymets Lamb  (1901 - 1988)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: portrait, figure painting

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Biography from Stillwell House Fine Art and Antiques:
Adrian Stymets Lamb  (1901 - 1988)
Adrian Lamb (1901-1988) was born in New York City, where in the mid-1920s he studied at the Art Students League under Frank Vincent DuMond and George Bridgman.  After attending the Académie Julien in Paris in 1929, he went on to travel and work in England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Mexico as he developed his talent as a portrait painter.  

He painted many prominent subjects, including David Rockefeller, John J. McCloy, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Bernard.  He executed the Gordon Gray portrait for the Secretarial Portrait Gallery at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Lamb’s works are found in many collections, including the State Department, and the National Gallery of Art, The White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard University, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  His portrait of Maj. Gen. J. Franklin Bell is reproduced from the Army Art Collection. For much of his life, Lamb resided in Connecticut and maintained a studio in Manhattan.  From this site...
"To complete the decorative plaster panels in the Senate Reception Room of the U.S. Capitol that had been left vacant since the late 19th century, the Special Committee on the Senate Reception Room was established in 1955. The Senate charged the committee with selecting “five outstanding persons from among all persons, but not a living person, who have served as Members of the Senate since the formation of the Government of the United States.” Paintings of these individuals would then “be placed in the five unfilled spaces in the Senate reception room.”

The committee consisted of four senior senators and one freshman senator. Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the freshman, John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, to be the committee’s chairman. Kennedy was an ideal choice; his popular book, Profiles in Courage, skillfully examined the careers of eight outstanding former senators. The Kennedy committee spent two years surveying the nation’s leading historians and political scientists, and easily identified three 19th-century senators: Henry Clay of Kentucky, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, and Daniel Webster of Massachusetts. After much debate, the committee also selected two 20th-century members: Robert M. La Follette, Sr., of Wisconsin and Robert A. Taft, Sr., of Ohio. A special Senate commission, composed of experts in the art field, then selected artists for the five paintings, including Adrian Lamb of New York for the portrait of Daniel Webster. The commission determined that Lamb, like the other artists, should “copy some suitable existing portrait or other likeness of his particular subject.”  Lamb based his painting on an existing oil by George P.A. Healy in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The original portrait, made during a sitting from life in 1848 at Webster’s country home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, had served as a preliminary study for Healy’s monumental historical painting Webster’s Reply to Hayne in Faneuil Hall in Boston. The Virginia museum’s Webster likeness was one of four life studies of the senator executed by Healy during a six-year period."

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