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Herbert Lambert

(1881-1936), Photographer; managing director of Elliott & Fry, 1926-1936

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 56 portraits
Lambert worked primarily from Bath, but he also had studios in Bristol and London. He was appointed Managing Director of Elliott & Fry in 1926. He specialised in portraits of musicians, publishing his Modern British Composers in 1923. Lambert had a mastery of lighting and a striking ability to create a harmonious atmosphere within a composition.

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Herbert Lambert, by Herbert Lambert - NPG x7593

Herbert Lambert

by Herbert Lambert
gelatin silver print, late 1920s
NPG x7593

Herbert Lambert, by Goodwin - NPG x7595

Herbert Lambert

by Goodwin
gelatin silver print, 1929
NPG x7595

Herbert Lambert, by Herbert Lambert - NPG x7594

Herbert Lambert

by Herbert Lambert
gelatin silver print, early 1930s
NPG x7594


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Verity Wilson

04 November 2016, 12:23

Before taking up the directorship of Elliot and Fry, Herbert Lambert photographed a truly extraordinary sequence of tableaux vivants depicting the Christian nativity. The tableaux were staged in the village of Buckland Dinham in Somerset for several consecutive years after WWI and in 1920 parts of the set plus all the young performers and costumes were transported to Lambert's Bath studio. The resulting images were published in 'Bethlehem Tableaux' by Cynthia Rowena Starey.

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