A Pastoral Landscape with Shepherds and Their Flocks

A Pastoral Landscape with Shepherds and Their Flocks

George Lambert, English, 1700-1765
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

George Lambert 
British?, 1700?–1765
A Pastoral Landscape with Shepherds and Their Flocks, 1744 
Oil paint on canvas
Signed and dated at lower right, G. Lambert . 1744 
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.11 

This object is currently on view
image height: 14 in, 35.5600 cm; image width: 38 1/4 in, 97.1550 cm; frame height: 17 3/4 in, 45.0850 cm; frame width: 41 7/8 in, 106.3625 cm; frame depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

One of the first native-born artists to specialize in landscape, George Lambert was also among the first to paint so-called classical or ideal landscapes, a style developed in Rome by the seventeenth-century painters Claude Lorrain and Gaspard Dughet. Depicting landscapes that were largely imaginary though often inspired by actual locales in the Italian countryside, these pictures celebrated an idealized vision of rural or pastoral life, especially as it was thought to have been enjoyed in ancient Greece and Rome. 

Known Provenance
Bruce Axt and Wendy Judge Collection; their sale, Sotheby’s, New York, October 3, 1996, lot 15; from which acquired by Rafael Valls, London; with Simon R. Gillespie Studio , London; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018
  • “Dior: From Paris to the World” — Denver Art Museum, 11/18/2018 – 3/17/2019

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