Dorothy Lamb

In 1887, Dorothy Lamb was born in England and attended Newnham College of Cambridge University concentrating in classics. In 1910-1911 she attended the British School in Athens where she was the Creighton Memorial Prizewinner. In 1906 she joined the excavations at Phylakopi on Melos and traveled extensively throughout Greece. She studied the terracotta figurines from the Louvre, which due to the outbreak of the World War I publication was delayed until 1921. From 1912-1913 she taught at Bryn Mawr College, and she returned to Greece to work on the catalogue of terracottas in the Acropolis Museum, a work she had initiated during her earlier stay in Athens. She was also interested in Christian mosaics and Ottoman arts and traveled to Istanbul (then Constantipole) and throughout Turkey. Again in Athens she worked on a bibliography of Islamic and Seljuk art, published her results and then excavated at Melas in 1913 and 1914. With the outbreak of World War I, she assumed various British Government positions, and in 1920 she married (Sir) John Reeve Brooke. She did not continue her archaeological interests but maintained her interests in the classical world, publishing her ideas. Her first husband died in 1937 and two years later she remarried (Sir) Walter Frederic Nicholson. She was again widowed in 1946 and died in 1967.

Author of biography: David Gill
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