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 Frederick Stymetz Lamb  (1863 - 1928)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: stained-glass design, mural and landscape painting

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Frederick Stymetz Lamb
The Beginning of Twilight (29" x 23.5")
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information, submitted July 2007, is from a family member who wrote: "The first source that should be mentioned is the lengthy family biography by Barea Lamb Seeley, historian for J & R Lamb for many years and author of the definitive biography of Ella Condie Lamb and other family members.  Her book is titled Ella's Certain Window: An Illustrated Biography of Ella Condie Lamb, An American Artist.  There is a lot of accurate information about Frederick in it.  . . . However, a persisting inacccuracy in at least two books has Frederick married to his niece, Katharine Lamb Tait."

Known, firstly and most prominently, for stained glass design; then murals and lastly landscapes.  He was one of the foremost stained-glass designers in the US - and won top honors in the 1900 Paris International Exposition.  He also was a past president of the Stained Glass Association of America.  He designed approximately 2,000 commissions for J. & R. Lamb Studios, oldest stained glass studios in the  U.S., founded 1857 in New York City.
He also wrote and lectured widely on civic art and municipal aesthetics.

Born: New York City, June 21, 1863. Died: California, July 8, 1928.
Son of: Joseph Lamb (founder of J. & R. Lamb Studios, primarily ecclesiastical stained glass and mosaics). Brother of  Charles Rollinson Lamb, ecclesiastical architect-designer, city planner and second president of J. & R. Lamb Studios.

Married: Nellie Albert. Two children.

Studied: Art Students League, NYC; pupil of Lefebvre and Boulanger at Ecole Beaux Arts and M. Millet, Paris.

Memorial Church, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (140 stained glass windows; largest U.S. order at the time)
Sage Memorial Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (altar apse mosaics)
Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, NY (rotunda murals; stained glass dome)
Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, NY (stained glass windows)
Woodward Lycee, Cincinnati, Ohio (tableau)
Church of the Holy City, Washington, DC (stained glass)
First Presbyterian Church, Orange, Texas (33 stained glass windows, dome)

Two Gold Medals from French Government, International Art Exposition, Paris, 1900. (The winning stained glass window, designed with his brother Charles Rollinson Lamb, was chosen over Tiffany and LaFarge entries. It was subsequently installed at the entrance to the decorative arts wing of The Brooklyn Museum, NYC.)

Gold Metal, Atlanta (GA) Exposition, 1895

Honorable Mention, Chicago Exposition, 1890

President, Architectural League of America
President, Stained Glass Association of America
Vice President, Architectural League of New York
Vice President, Metropolitan Parks Association
Trustee, American Scenic and Historical Preservation Society
Secretary, Municipal Art Society, New York City
Secretary, National Society of Craftsmen
Director, Palisades Interstate Park Commission; appointment made by then New York Gov. Theodore Roosevelt

New York Times, Jan. 6, 1985 ( “The Lost Window” at The Brooklyn Museum)
Who’s Who in America
Who Was Who in America, Vol. I (1897-1942)
The Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State 1890s-1920s, Coy L. Ludwig;
   Gallery Association of New York State; 1983; pp. 50, 57, 74
The Craftsman, Jan. 1908
Craftsman Homes, Gustav Stickley, NY, 1909; pp. 113, 115
Dictionnaire critique et documentaries des peinteurs, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs des tous les temps et des tours les pays; Benezit, Librarie Grund, Paris, 1960

Copyright 1985 (revised 1995, 2007)

This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information is provided by Anne Smith, whose grandmother leased a studio in Berkeley to the artist:

My aunt rented an A-frame on my grandmother's property in Berkeley, that had been extended in the back and on the side where Frederick S. Lamb and his wife Nellie lived.  They called it the cottage or the studio.  He moved in about 1923 and was still there in 1926, for I have a note from him to my grandmother, his 'landlady', dated August 1926.
His son, Harold Lamb and family, built a house in Piedmont, California and moved from the house they had been living in, which was directly across the street from my grandmother's house.  eThereafter, Frederick and his wife Nellie moved into the Berkeley house.
My aunt said that he died in Berkeley and that her family was so involved with the Lambs and all the funeral arrangements, that she, at 13, prepared most of the meal for after the service.
After Frederick died, my aunt spent a week on two different years with Harold and his family in tent cabins at Noyo River, which is near Fort Bragg.  But she said neither Harold nor Frederick owned a summer house in Fort Bragg.
One other bit of information.  In 1931 when my grandmother and Nellie Lamb were both moving, my aunt and grandmother were given many small pictures. My aunt remembers Nellie commenting if a picture was 'good' and if it was not signed, then she signed it.  For she had learned to copy Frederick's signature!

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in New York on June 24, 1863, Frederick Stymetz Lamb studied at the Art Students League of New York City and in Paris with Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger at Ecole des Beaux Arts.

In 1922 he moved from New York to California for health reasons and established a home in Berkeley.  Locally, he lectured and wrote articles on municipal beautification and civic art.

He died on July 9, 1928.

Architectural League of NY
National Arts Club 

World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893;
Atlanta Expo, 1895 (gold medal);
Paris Expo, 1900 (medal).

Church of the Messiah (NY)
Brooklyn Museum
Plymouth Church (Brooklyn)

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Magazine of Art, June 1924; American Art Annual 1900-28; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); SF Chronicle, 7-10-1928 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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