Oriel Ross, 1907-1994
Portrait of Florence Lambert (née Kaye, later Hole)
Portrait of Florence Lambert née Kaye, later Hole

"Florence Lambert"

pen and black ink
34 x 24 cm 13.1/4 x 9.3/4 in.


From the artist's estate


African American beauty Florence Lambert, wife of British composer Constant Lambert and mother of Kit Lambert, record producer and the manager of The Who. Florence Lambert (née Kaye, later Hole), Actress; first wife of Constant Lambert and later wife Peter Hole

Artist biography

Actress. Born Muriel Swinstead, she trained at the Royal College of Music and made her debut on stage at sixteen in Karel Capek's The Insect Play in 1923. In 1928 she appeared as Nature in Diaghilev 's Ballet Ode and then went to New York, where she appeared on Broadway and in revue and cabaret. She returned to London in 1931 and was in work throughout the 1930s and 40s, when she was a member of Lilian Baylis's Old Vic Company. She was married to the 8th Earl Poulett from 1935 to 1941.