The Friends of the William Lamb Studio (commonly known as the Friends of William Lamb) is a community group established in Montrose, Scotland in 1977. In 1978 the William Lamb Memorial Studio - William Lamb’s own working studio from 1935 until his death in 1951 - was to be re-opened and developed as a small gallery and museum to the memory of William Lamb – one of Scotland’s finest sculptor and artist - under the management of the Museum Service of Angus Council.
Friends was established to support the Council in arrange regular
openings and guided tours of the Studio, promoting both the Studio
and Lamb himself; as well as researching Lamb and all aspects of his
working life - his art pieces and models and the context in which
they were created. In addition we disseminate that information
through the sponsorship and publication of books, articles, leaflets
and guides. They have helped with funding and developing the Studio
and its collections, thereby creating an outstanding exhibition that
draws visitors from all over the world.
The William Lamb Memorial Studio is located at the east end of Trades Close a small pedestrian row that leads from the High Street, Montrose to Market Street.
Since 2019 the Lamb Studio (owned by Angus Council) is subject to new arrangements. The Friends of William Lamb will arrange and run all public Studio openings. The Studio “collections” will be managed by ANGUSalive on behalf of Angus Council – all collections queries should be addressed to Gill.Ross@angusalive.scot
In addition the Friends share “Lamb” information through the sponsorship or publication of books, articles, leaflets and guides and through a series of non-Studio events – walks, talks and displays and exhibitions.The Friends is a community group that runs under a constitution. Membership is open to all on the payment of a small annual fee. Throughout the year Officers and Committee will arrange Studio openings, activities and special events related to the aims of the group, usually around Angus or in the Studio. These events are supported by Friends volunteers.
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We are pleased to report a generous donation to the Friends last – a pair of signed Lamb etchings. One is names “Evening” and is a view of the Montrose Basin and dated 1924. The other is a view of a river scene in St Genevieve, France. We know that this was on Lamb’s route during his bicycle tour of France in the summer of 1923, so can date the original design, although the etching carries no date. But what makes these of special interest to the Friends is that the pieces can be traced back to Lamb through the current owners – the originals were a gift to Ethel Reid from Lamb. Please note that these pieces are already on temporary display in the Studio if you would like to come & view them. We would like to thank the donors for this special gift.
This immediately points to another activity that has been tripped by the gift. Mr Stansfeld’s book points to the close link between Lamb and the Reid family, who lived in Balmain Street. We are now deepening our research on that family with regards to Lamb. Mr Reid set up the firm of Reid and Burnett where, interestingly, Lamb’s older brother Robert was apprenticed as a mason before going to America. We know now that Mr Reid’s second son, William, emigrated to Australia, but joined the Australian Imperial Force and died in the Dardanelles in 1915 But his oldest son Jimmy helped run the family business after demobilisation – and was being employed by Lamb to build the Market Street Studio on his death in 1935. But we are told there were 8 daughters – so is there any family left out there prepared to tell us “Lamb tales”?
- Another piece of good news is that with the Studio openings and members re-joining our membership numbers for 2019-20 have climbed to over 100 again this year. Last year was an exceptional year all round and membership closed at over 150. So we have a real challenge to try and meet that again this year. But we hope to re-launch a new set of gift membership packs (that will carry to the end of the 20-21 year) in a month or so. Please look out for them at the Studio and our other events.