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LAMBDIN, James R., artist, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 10 May, 1807. He studied art in Philadelphia in 1823-'5 under Thomas Sully, and at eighteen years of age was established in his native place as a portrait painter. Subsequently he followed this profession with success in the chief cities between Pittsburg and Mobile, Alabama In 1837 he returned to Philadelphia, of which city he has since been a resident. Mr. Lambdin has painted many portraits at Washington, including several of the presidents. He has been professor of fine arts in the University of Pennsylvania, was for twenty-five years an active officer of the Pennsylvania academy of the fine arts, and has been president of the Artists' fund society.--His son, George Cochran, artist, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1830. He studied with his father, in his native place, and afterward in the academies of Munich and Paris. His professional life has been passed chiefly in Philadelphia. Mr. Lambdin has been especially successful as a painter of still-life, particularly flowers, although he has done agreeable work in other directions. His works include" Dead Wife" (1867); " Ask Me No More"; "Portrait of Mrs. Joseph Harrison"; and "Pink and Yellow Roses" (1885). He has devoted much attention to floriculture in his garden at Germantown. -His brother, Alfred Cochran, journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 January, 1846. was graduated in medicine at. the University of Pennsylvania in 1866, and practised at Germantown for several years. He edited the" Germantown Chronicle," an independent paper, in 1870-'4, and since 1875 has been managing editor of the Philadelphia "Times." He is the author of "An Account of the Battle of Germantown," prepared for its centennial celebration in 1877.
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