The Hall-Dare Family, Theydon Bois, Essex,
Newtownbarry House, Co. Wexford
George Lambert was employed as a scenery painter at the Lincolns Inn Theatre, then under themanagment of John Rich, in the 1720's, before he moved to work at Covent Garden in 1732. During the 1740s he was instrumental in founding The Sublime Society of Beefsteaks, together with Rich, Hogarth, and other artists, actors and theatrical managers. He lived in St. Martin's Lane, which was the centre of artistic life at the time, and he frequently collaborated with other painters in pictures, for example, Hogarth, Hayman and other members of the St. Martin's Lane Academy. He was much influenced by the classical style of artists such as Gaspard Dughet, and another landscape by Lambert, dated 1745, which was formerly in the Heywood-Lonsdale collection, now in the Tate Gallery, is very close in style to the present picture. It woo shows the strong influence of Dughet, with its arcadian figures, classical buildings, and soft lighting.