|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1830|
|Death: ||Jan., 1896|
Obituary from "The Germantown Guide", Saturday, February 1, 1896
GEORGE C. LAMBDIN DEAD.
The Brilliant Life Closed of a Philadelphia Limner Whose Gifted Hand has Contributed to Private and Public Art Collections.
George Cochran Lambdin, the artist, whose paintings of roses are widely known, died at his home on Price street, last Tuesday, at the age of 66, after a lingering illness that practically took him out of the world of active art for the past eight years. He was the eldest son of the late James Reid Lambdin, the distinguished portrait painter, and a brother of Dr. A, C. Lambdin, an associate editor of The Times, and was born at Pittsburgh, January 6, 1830. The family removed to Philadelphia in 1837, where in a few years the son George entered his father's studio and joined a class at the Academy of the Fine Arts. In the catalogue of the Academy exhibits of 1848 his name appears with a picture of "Dorcas Distributing Garments to the Poor." In each of the following years he exhibited pictures of children, and in 1851, the year of his majority, the catalogue records " The Lady of Shalott," a large romantic composition of the landing at Camelot ; "Sir Bedivere." "Queen Margaret and the Robber," and "The Nativity." During the Civil War Mr. Lambdin spent a great deal of time with the Army of the Potomac in the service of the Sanitary Commission, seeing much of the hardships of camp and field there, as well as in the emergency campaigns and from these associations came such pictures as the well-known " Winter Quarters" and others of the same kind, as well as several large compositions of rustic life and character, in which the soldier holds a prominent place. About 1867, Mr. Lambdin took a studio in New York, which was then the home of most of the leading artists, and in 1868 he was elected a National Academician. Here his health broke down, and after two or three years he returned to Philadelphia, where the remainder of his professional life was passed. Some twenty-five years ago he became very much interested in floriculture, and began to give special attention to painting flowers and studying their growth and form, and it was mainly as a flower painter that he was spoken of in late years, and in this he made his largest professional success. Mr. Lambdin wrote well and talked well on the subjects which most interested him, and in various ways contributed to the advancement of American art. Besides his membership of the National Academy of Design, he was all academician of the Pennsylvania Academy and an active member and for some time president of the Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia and other artistic associations. For a time be gave instructions in painting at the School of Design and he had also a number of private pupils in his studio, The funeral services took place Thursday afternoon at St. Luke's Church, and were conducted by the rector of St. Luke's, the Rev. Dr. Upjohn, and the Rev. Dr. Murphy, rector of St. Michael's, of which Mr. Lambdin was one of the founders and for many years vestryman. Among those present in the church were a delegation, headed by the venerable John Sartain, from the Artists' Fund Society, who had sent a laurel wreath that was laid upon the coffin, with a cluster of the roses the artist had loved so well. The choir of St. Luke's sang the burial anthem and the hymns, but only the cross-bearer and attendants accompanied the clergy to the grave, where the committal was said by Dr. Murphy.
Saint Lukes Episcopal Churchyard
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