Henry Lamb

Irish Girls


Not on display

Henry Lamb 1883–1960
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 749 × 692 mm
Presented by Julian Lousada 1939

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Lamb first visited Ireland in 1912. This
study was made in Gola, a tiny island
off the coast of Donegal, where he made many paintings of the Irish fishermen
and their wives. Lamb reported that 'the weather is hopelessly bad'. This work shows three of the islanders wrapped
up warm to protect themselves from
the Atlantic gales.


The bright colours and simplified forms reflect the influence of Gauguin. Lamb's paintings were shown alongside the
work of French artists in the Second
Post-Impressionist exhibition, organised
by Roger Fry at the Grafton Galleries
in London in 1912.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

N05027 IRISH GIRLS 1912
Not inscribed.
Canvas, 29 1/2×27 1/4 (75×69·5).
Presented by Julian Lousada 1939.
Coll: Julian Lousada by 1914.
Exh: Twentieth Century Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1914 (340).

Painted in Donegal in 1912 (letter from the artist, 22 November 1955).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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