The son of the mathematician, Horace Lamb, he was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but the family moved to Manchester in 1885. After attending Manchester Grammar School, he started medical training at Owen’s College. In 1905 he left his medical studies and went to London where he entered the Chelsea School of Art. Over the next few years several of his paintings received good reviews, including Death of a Peasant and Fisherfolk. He also became close friends with Augustus John and Lytton Strachey. For a time, Lamb and John lived together with Dorelia McNeill at Alderney Manor near Poole. He was associated for a time with the Camden Town painters. In 1913 Lamb met Stanley Spencer and was immediately impressed by his visionary paintings.

On the outbreak of the First World War, Lamb thought it was his patriotic duty to return to medicine. He and Spencer joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. Lamb was sent to France where he worked at the Hospital du Casino. In November 1915 he returned to England where he finished off his medical studies in order to qualify for a commission. In September 1916, Lamb was sent as a member of the Northumbrian Field Ambulance Unit to Salonika, Macedonia. In March 1917 Lamb was promoted to captain and transferred to the Fifth Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, with whom he saw action in the Near East. After the war he became noted as a portrait painter, as in his well-known pictures of Evelyn Waugh .and members of the Bloomsbury Group.

Together with Stanley Spenser, Henry Lamb was considered as one of the most important British War painters from the Macedonian front. His drawings, watercolors and paintings from the Macedonian front are fetching very high prices at European fine art auction houses. For example, the watercolor “Troops bathing in Macedonia” was sold by the auction house Christie’s, London on 13.06.2002 for 4200 GBP (object number 236). His works of art  can be found in most prestigious art museums in UK and Europe.

Henry Lamb-1883-1960 Advanced Dressing Station in Struma 1916 oil canvas
Henry Lamb1883-1960Troops bathing Macedonia 1917 and Troops in Macedonia 1918
Henry Lamb1883-1960 Troops bathing Macedonia 1917 and Troops in Macedonia 1918

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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