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An Account of a Very Extraordinary Effect of Lightning on a Bullock, at Swanborow, in the Parish of Iford Near Lewes, in Sussex. In Sundry Letters, from Mr. James Lambert, Landscape-Painter at Lewes; And One from William Green, Esquire, at Lewes, to William Henly, F. R. S., by James Lambert, published 13 September 1774 in Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (vol. 66 (1776), article, pp.463-503)   View Online

James Lambert, by Mark Antony Lower, published 1865 in The Worthies of Sussex (pp.39-40) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 3208][Lib 3233][Lib 3304] & The Keep [LIB/503515][LIB/504913]

Sussex Views from the Burrell Collection 1776-1791, edited by Walter H. Godfrey and L. F. Salzman, published 1951 (Jubilee volume, xxii + 191 plates, Sussex Record Society, ISBN-10: 0854450521 & ISBN-13: 9780854450527) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 5580][Lib 14469] & The Keep [LIB/504472][Lib/500472] & R.I.B.A. Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Review by D. Macleod in Sussex Notes and Queries, August, 1951:
To mark the passage of fifty years during which the Sussex Record Society has published fifty scholarly volumes containing records and documents relating to the County this Society has exuberated into a Jubilee Volume which is sure to appeal to the general public.
Probably for the first time no less that 191 most attractive drawings selected from the Burrell Collections are reproduced between the covers of one volume. And a most delightful collection they make. All are eighteenth century drawings by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm and James Lambert, who have given us the most fascinating views of the parish churches, mansion houses, castles and historic ruins as they stood in their day, with a few views of Sussex towns and villages such as Eastbourne, Hastings, Jevington and Rotherfield.
Appropriately enough to the occasion the introduction to this volume by Mr. L. F. Salzman gives in brief outline the story, of the Sussex Record Society from the summer of 1900 when its formation was first mooted to the present day, From this story emerges the fact, which if it is not a record is none the less notable, that Mr. Salzman took his place as a member of the first council of the Society elected in February 1901 and has continued to serve on the council ever since, being now one of its two literary directors, and in that capacity he has been largely responsible for this charming Jubilee Volume.
On this occasion the Society has relaxed its rule and non-members can purchase a copy of this volume on application to the Assistant Secretary of the Sussex Record Society at Barbican House, Lewes, for £2 12s. 6d., and it may be said that any who may buy this book may congratulate himself on having obtained a striking collection of eighteenth century views most admirably reproduced. The Society may well congratulate itself on this work and on its fine series of publications, regularly and punctually produced in spite of steadily rising costs of printing. Perhaps the Sussex Archaeological Society may also admit to some pride and satisfaction in the work of the Society of which it is the parent.

Baldy's Garden, the Painters Lambert, and other Sussex Families, by W. H. Challen, published 1952 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 90, article, pp.103-153) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2175] & The Keep [LIB/500339] & S.A.S. library

Baldy's Garden, the painters Lambert and other Sussex families, by W. H. Challen, published May 1955 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. XIV nos. 5 & 6, note, p.100) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8232][Lib 2213] & The Keep [LIB/500216] & S.A.S. library

James Lambert Senior and Junior, Landscape Painters of Lewes, by John H. Farrant, published 1997 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 135, article, pp.249-264) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13642] & The Keep [LIB/500290] & S.A.S. library

Sussex Depicted: Views and Descriptions, 1600-1800, by John H. Farrant, published 2 June 2001 (vol. 85, xx + 390 pp., Sussex Record Society, ISBN-10: 0854450513 & ISBN-13: 9780854450510) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14470][Lib 14475] & The Keep [LIB/500462][Lib/508871] & R.I.B.A. Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Every year through the 1780s, for the fortnight after Whitsun, the Swiss-born artist S. H. Grimm toured Sussex, sketching churches and their monuments, the remains of the medieval castles and abbeys and, particularly, the houses of the gentry. Commissioned by the lawyer and antiquary Sir William Burrell, the resulting 900 watercolours are an incomparable record of the county's buildings, as yet untouched by the Victorians' zealous restorations and demolitions.
This handsome book reproduces 116 of Grimm's pictures, together with 88 watercolours, oils and drawings by 40 other artists from the early 17th to the early 19th century - 16 of them in colour. Each picture is accompanied by a 200-word caption, often based on new research, on the building's history. The 40,000-word introduction, 'Antiquaries and artists in Sussex from 1585 to 1835', traces the progress of the county's depiction in both words and pictures, from William Camden's fieldwork in Queen Elizabeth's reign for his Britannia, through William Burrell's monumental but forlorn efforts to write a county history, to T. W. Horsfield's History, antiquities and topography of the County of Sussex published just before Queen Victoria's accession. Two accounts of tours through Sussex, in 1743 and 1777, are printed, along with prospectuses for Budgen's map of 1724 and the Bucks' engravings of 1737. The text is fully referenced and indexed, with a bibliography of 700 titles.

The drawings of Herstmonceux Castle by James Lambert, senior and junior, 1776-7, by John H. Farrant, published 2010 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 148, article, pp.177-182) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18613] & The Keep [LIB/500366] & S.A.S. library   View Online
In 1776 Lord Dacre commissioned the Lamberts to record his ancestors' home before its partial demolition. Their surviving working drawings were a key element in English Heritage's reassessment of Herstmonceux Castle in relation to other great fifteenth-century buildings. In 2006 East Sussex Record Office acquired the Lamberts' watercolours prepared for their client. The watercolours hitherto held to be those are identified as copies made by S. H. Grimm for William Burrell.

The Lamberts of Lewes and some other landscape artists with links to Sussex, by Sue Berry, published August 2015 in Sussex Past & Present (no. 136, article, pp.4-5, ISSN: 1357-7417) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/507923] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Sussex is well served by good collections of prints and watercolours capturing the later Georgian and Regency county before the railway and the related rapid expansion of the many coastal resorts. There are but a few oil paintings and they are mainly listed in the catalogues for East and West Sussex by the Public Catalogue Foundation (
Brighton and Hove Museums holds one of the biggest collections of prints and watercolours in the country chronicling the changes to the landscape of a rapidly growing, fashionable town. Most of the watercolours are either by local people or were painted by visitors such as Delamotte whilst recuperating beside the sea. Many of the prints of Brighton and Hove were produced in London but some of the artists involved are local. The lack of a comprehensive online catalogue is now being addressed and will make the collection an invaluable research tool which can be linked with the maps of the resort from 1779, copies of the many guides and street directories, scanned newspapers and archives of the entire City now in The Keep.

The Burrell collection : exhibition of material relating to William Burrell (1732-96) and his artists, James Lambert (senior and junior) and Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, published (no date) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
Exhibition presented to Eastbourne Library by E. Machell-Cox. Material contained in large folder.