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William Lamb Picknell, 1854-1897

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1854
Place of Birth: Windham
Date of Death: 1897
Place of Death: Marblehead, MA


William Lamb (Lucien) Picknell was a genre, marine and landscape painter.


Picknell studied under George Inness in Rome from 1874-6, and under Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He painted with Robert Wylie in Brittany for several years. At the Paris Salon in 1880 he was awarded honourable mention. From 1877 to 1890 he exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and Society of British Artists, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. His works include Breton Peasant Girl Feeding Ducks, Pont Aven, Brittany (1877), The Road to Concarneau (1880; Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington) and A Toiler of the Sea (1887).

In 1884 he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a society which appointed JW its President in 1886. He was also a member of the Society of American Artists and was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design.

In 1884/86 Picknell's name was included in a list made by JW that may have been a list of fellow artists to be invited to the private view of JW's exhibition 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', held in May 1884 at the Dowdeswell Galleries in London (#08683).


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Libraire Gründ, 1956-61; Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1871; Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880.