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G R Lambert and Co (fl. 1875-1919) (photographers)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: fl. 1875 - 1919

Biography

G.R. Lambert, from Dresden, arrived in Singapore in 1875. According to Wright, Lambert established a photographic studio in 1875 (Wright 1908). However, Lambert's firm was not advertised in the 'Singapore directory for the Straits Settlements' until 1878. In 1878 it had premises in Orchard Road and was possibly connected with the Lamberts who ran the Singapore Carriage Works and Livery Stables. In 1885 Lambert left the Straits Settlement. From 1885-1905 the firm was managed by Alexander Koch. There was also a branch in Deli, Sumatra, run by H. Stafhell in the mid-1880s and a branch in Kuala Lumpur. A Bangkok branch was run by C Frichas circa 1895. The firm's head office was at Gresham House, Battery Road in the 1890s. The firm was run by H. Thomas Jensen of Reutlinger's, Paris from 1905. G.R. Lambert and Co. were photographers by appointment to the King of Siam and the Sultan of Johore. They also photographed the Federal Conferences of 1896 and 1903 and the visit of Sir John Anderson to Kelantan in 1909. The company was the largest business in the Malay Peninsula. The firm possibly wound up during the First World War.

Wright wrote: 'Lambert has maintained a high reputation for artistic portraiture, and of landscapes they have one of the finest collections in the east, comprising about three thousand subjects relating to Siam, Singapore, Borneo, Malaya and China. An extensive trade is done in picture postcards, the turnover being about quarter of a million cards a year. A large stock of apparatus for amateurs is always kept in hand' (1908).

The firm also employed:

1885: C. Petersen, H. Schübert, Miss Besagoiti, T.A. (or J.A.) Rodrigues. 1901: R. Herbst, H.V. Katte, C. Warleberg, A Beattie. 1910: O. Schwemer (Chairman), H.L. Coghlan, W. Ewald, S. Gauder, R. Matsunaga.

Sources:

Falconer, J (1987), 'A vision of the past : a history of early photography in Singapore and Malaya : the photographs of G.R. Lambert and Co., 1880-1910'. Singapore: Times Editions.

Wright, Arnold and Cartwright, H.A. ed. (1907), 'Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources'. London.

Found in 105 Collections and/or Records:

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[Arrival of High Commissioner for opening of Federal Conference, Kuala Lumpur, July 1903], 1903-07

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 4/26
Scope and Contents 213 x 272 mm. Showing the arrival of Sir Frank Swettenham (standing beside coach) at the wooden pavilion constructed for the conference of the rulers and administrators of the Federated Malay States held in Kuala Lumpur in July 1903. In the foreground stands a guard of honour of Indian Cavalry. This was the second such conference but this occasion did not yield such a whole hearted expression of appreciation of British rule as its precessor. In particular, the Sultan of Perak complained...
Dates: 1903-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Atap palms, 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/43
Scope and Contents

224 x 214 mm. Showing atap palms growing beside a river or pool with a European bungalow (largely obscured by vegetation) in the background.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Bakatans, Borneo, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302B/47
Scope and Contents

273 x 209 mm. Group portrait of Bakatan warriors, dressed in war costume and carrying spears. Roth (1896) lists two types of Bakatan, the Batoi (Rejang River) and the Bintulu (Tatau River), but this group has not been precisely identified. Photographer unknown, probably G.R. Lambert and Co.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Ballast train in cutting, looking back towards Kuala Lumpur [circa 1892], 1892

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 8/1
Scope and Contents

283 x 215 mm. A view looking down on a deep cutting, with a ballast train being unloaded by Indian and Chinese labour. The photograph was probably taken on the Ulu Selangor extension between Kuala Lumpur and Kepong. This line, running north-west from Kuala Lumpur to connect it with the main mining areas, was started in 1890 and reached Rawing in 1892 and Kuala Kubu in 1894.

Dates: 1892
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Batu Caves [1890s], 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 4/21
Scope and Contents

166 x 214 mm. Showing the entrance to one of the Batu Caves situated about seven miles from Kuala Lumpur.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Batu Caves [1890s], 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 4/22
Scope and Contents

165 x 215 mm (mounted on card). Showing the interior of one of the caves, with a group of Malay figures posed for scale in the middle ground.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Boat Quai, Singapore, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/14
Scope and Contents

269 x 208 mm.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Boat Quai, Singapore, 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/15
Scope and Contents

273 x 208 mm.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Borneo wharf, Singapore, 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/12
Scope and Contents

278 x 211 mm. A view looking over warehouses and coal stores towards the wharves, where a number of steamers are moored. The view looks north-east along the waterfront, towards the Albert and Victoria Docks on the headland in the distance. The wharf of the Borneo Company was purchased by the Tanjong Pagar Docks in 1885 for $1,000,000.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Campong Kallang [Singapore Island], 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/32
Scope and Contents

271 x 215 mm. A view looking across a stretch of water towards a village of thatched huts raised on stilts, and with a group of young Malay boys in the foreground. Campong Kallang is situated in the north-east section of Singapore Island at the mouth of the Kallang River.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Cavenagh Bridge, 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/16
Scope and Contents

265 x 202 mm. A view from the waterfront near the Post Office (near the site of the present Anderson Bridge) looking up the Singapore River towards the Cavenagh Bridge. The imposing buildings beyond, at the corner of Bonham Street and Boat Quay, are the premises of the Katz Brothers, traders in Singapore since 1864.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/2
Scope and Contents 270 x 205 mm (mounted on card). A view looking north across the Cavenagh Bridge from the south bank of the Singapore River (a photograph probably taken from the first floor of the Post Office). Built at the mouth of the river, the bridge was completed in 1869 and it was originally suggested that it be called the Edinburgh Bridge in honour of the recent visit of the Duke. In the event, the view of theTown Council that it should commemorate the last Governor appointed by the East India...
Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Changhie from Govt. [i.e. Government] Bungalow, 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/33
Scope and Contents

272 x 215 mm. A view, looking down the garden towards the water where a paddle steamer is moored, and across a stretch of water towards Changi, situated on the eastern tip of Singapore Island.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Changie bungalow, nr. Singapore. Designed and built by Maurice Alexander Cameron in 1887 to replace the old one burned, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/7
Scope and Contents

280 x 207 mm. (mounted on card). A view looking across a stretch of water towards the wooded shore, with the bungalow standing on a small headland. Maurice Alexander Cameron R.E. was Deputy Colonial Engineer and Surveyor General of the Straits Settlements from 1883-1892. Photograph probably by G.R. Lambert and Co.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Chinese houses in Singapore, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/4
Scope and Contents

274 x 180 mm (mounted on card). Showing a row of Chinese houses in Telok Ayer Street which, prior to reclamation in the 1880s, ran close to the seashore of Telok Ayer Bay. Photograph probably by G.R. Lambert and Co.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Chinese priests acting, 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/37
Scope and Contents

269 x 208 mm. Showing three Chinese priests in ceremonial robes gathered around a large metal vessel.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Chinese temple, Singapore, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/5
Scope and Contents

274 x 207 mm. (mounted on card). A view from Telok Ayer Street showing the Thain Hock Keng Temple, built between 1839-1842 with materials imported from China. Dedicated to the goddess Ma-Cho-Po, Mother of Heavenly Sages, it was declared a national monument in 1973.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Coal mines, Muara, Borneo [i.e. Brunei, Borneo Island], 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302B/39
Scope and Contents

273 x 209 mm. View from a hillside looking down onto a row of thatched houses runing along beside the coal mine railway. The small trucks of coal are drawn by bullocks. Muara (also known as Brooketon) is situated some 13 miles east of Brunei Tarn and was a centre for coal mining by the British North Borneo Company until 1925. The town was completely destroyed during World War Two. Photograph by G.R. Lambert and Co.

Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[Coconut plantation, ? Straits Settlements], 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/78
Scope and Contents

269 x 208 mm. A view looking along a village street set among coconut palms. Exact location unknown.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Collyer Quai, 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/24
Scope and Contents

272 x 214 mm. A view looking north along Collyer Quay towards Johnston's Pier and the Exchange buildings, with rickshaws parked and plying their trade in the roadway.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Commercial Square [Fullerton Square], 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/21
Scope and Contents 214 x 272 mm. A view looking across the crowded square towards the Collyer Quay waterfont, with boats anchored in the harbour beyond. Dominating the square are the buildings of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The offices were completed in 1892 on the site of A.L. Johnston's building and stood until 1919 when they were demolished to make way for newer premises which were completed in 1925. Commercial Square is more correctly Fullerton Square, Commercial Square being the...
Dates: 1906
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Commercial square [Fullerton Square], 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/22
Scope and Contents 269 x 208 mm. A similar view to BAM 1/21 but showing a band and company of Indian soldiers marching through the square. These are identified in 'Singapore retrospect through postcards' (Tan, 1982, p. 119) as being members of the Madras Infantry marching through the square after an official reception in 1906. The exact occasion is not identified but, judging from Straits Settlements Reports for 1906 (cd. 3729-4) the most noteworthy official visit was that of Prince Arthur, Duke of...
Dates: 1906
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Commercial Square [Fullerton Square], 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/23
Scope and Contents

273 x 214 mm. A view from the sea looking towards Fullerton Square, with Johnston's Pier at the left and the offices of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation beyond. At the back of the square are the Chartered Bank Buildings which replaced the premises of McAlister and Co., and at the right can be seen part of the Exchange Buildings, built between 1865-1870. With sampans in the foreground.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Dyak Chief and family, Borneo, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302B/46
Scope and Contents 266 x 207 mm. An elaborately posed group in front of their house. The photographer has been at pains to introduce into the picture as many artefacts and utensils as possible.Roth identifies the following components of the photograph:A slabit for carrying back loads; behind it the frame on which the women stretch their yarn for tying in the patterns by the process of saving, and afterwards brushing on the dye.Thin drum, with fish trap (ensenga) behind it; further to the...
Dates: 1880 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[Football match on the Padang, Kuala Lumpur, circa 1903], 1903

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 4/37
Scope and Contents

366 x 271 mm. A view looking down on the Padang from the roof of the Selangor Club with a football match in progress, spectators lining the pitch and a band playing at the left. Part of the Government Offices can be seen in the background.

Dates: 1903
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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