George Lambert
Moorland Landscape with Rainstorm 1751

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George Lambert 1700–1765
Moorland Landscape with Rainstorm
Date 1751
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 303 x 423 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1985
Not on display

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Lambert, a landscape and scenery painter, was a friend of Hogarth and Samuel Scott, and a respected member of London's artistic community. He was the first native-born painter to devote himself entirely to landscape, both classical and topographical. This seems to be an exercise in pure landscape painting for its own sake, concentrating on the weather effects across a bleak Northern moorland. Although it attempts to capture the atmosphere of the open surroundings it is unlikely to have been painted on the spot. Lambert's method was to make pencil drawings of a location which he worked up in oils later on in his studio.

September 2004

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