National Museum of Women in the Arts
Aimée Lamb
1893 - February 04 1989
Photograph of Aimée Lamb, unknown date, unknown photographer. Courtesy of Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, USA.
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
AY-mee lam
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting
Artistic Role(s):
Oil Painter, Painter, Sketcher, Watercolorist
Artist's Biography:
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1893, Aimée Lamb was educated in art at the Winsor School and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she studied under artists Philip Hale and William James. Although she maintained a studio in Boston for many years, she spent two summers studying painting in Dublin, New Hampshire with Alexander James and Richard Meryman, and two more summers with Charles Woodbury in Ogunquit, Maine. Lamb also spent time in New York with artist Cecilia Beaux with whom she later traveled to Europe.

The drawings and paintings produced by Lamb reflect her interest in human nature as revealed through everyday activities. Fascinated by moments from daily life, Lamb captured these scenes in sketches at train stations and other familiar locations.

In addition to her career as a watercolorist and oil painter, Lamb supported the arts through her patronage during her later years. In 1957, she was awarded the Insignia of the Knight Official by the Republic of Italy for her twenty-five year contribution as President of the Rotch Traveling Scholarship for architects. She also served as President of the Board of the Children’s Art Center in Boston which was one of the first programs to encourage the early development of artistic skill and appreciation in children, as well as a Benefactor of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Honorary Overseer.

Although she is perhaps better known for her philanthropic contribution to the arts community, Lamb’s paintings and drawings have been represented in exhibitions with the Boston Institute of Modern Art, the Copley Society, the Boston Athenaeum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as in a number of private collections.

Other Occupation(s):
Collector, Patron, Philanthropist
Place(s) of Activity:
Where Trained/Schools:
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA (1913-1917) Winsor School, Boston, MA, USA (1905-1910)
Related Visual Artists:
niece of Rose Lamb student of Philip Hale student of William James student of Alexander James student of Richard Meryman student of Charles Woodbury student of Charles Hawthorne student of Cecilia Beaux student of George Demetrios niece of Arthur Rotch
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Insignia of the Knight Official, Republic of Italy, Rome, Italy (1957)
Earliest exhibition:
An Exhibition of Young New England Painters, Institute of Modern Art, Boston, MA, USA (1938)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Four Centuries of Women's Art: The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Related places
Milton (died at)