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Irish School
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 76


Gibson Fund Acquisition, 1933

Charles Lamb RHA
Irish School

Charles Lamb was born in County Armagh. He studied life-drawing in Belfast before winning a scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin in 1917. Like so many painters and writers, Lamb focused on the people and places of the West of Ireland as the last vestige of what they saw as a true Irish culture.

it was contemporary rural Ireland that this generation aggrandised, celebrating its rugged heroism. In 1935, after a long relationship with the West, Lamb settled and worked in Carraroe, an Irish-speaking part of Connemara, but showed his work around Ireland, England and the United States of America.

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