The Doler

© estate of Henry Lamb / Bridgeman Images. Image credit: Poole Museum Service

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Lamb moved to Poole in 1922, partly to convalesce after military service in the First World War. He was closely associated with the Bloomsbury Group. Two major influences on his work during his time in Poole were Stanley Spencer, who frequently visited him here, and Augustus John, a close friend and his former teacher at the Chelsea School of Art.

Painted at a time of high unemployment in Poole, this portrait suggests the sitter’s bitterness at being on the “dole”.

Poole Museum



The Doler




oil on canvas


H 49 x W 39 cm

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purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1989

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