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Other: G.R. Lambert 
Other: Gustave Richard Lambert 
Other: Lambert & Co. 
Active:  Singapore
 
  
Gustave Richard Lambert arrived in Singapore in 1875. setting up a photographic studio on Orchard Road. He photographed extensively in the region and produced some 3,000 photographs of Singapore, Borneo, Malaya, Siam and China. Dates of his travels to these locations ares unknown. Lambert and Co had studios in Delhi, Sumatra and Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. Another in Bangkok, Siam and the firm was by appointment to the King of Siam as well as the Sultan of Johore.
 
In 1885 Lambert left the Straits Settlement and the business was managed by Alexander Koch.

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Commercial, Singapore
1867 Advertisement in the Singapore Daily Times (13 May 1867), states that ‘The undersigned begs to inform the community of Singapore, that he has this day opened a Photographic Establishment under the firm of G. R. Lambert and Co. in High Street, No. 1. G. R. Lambert. Photographer. Singapore 10th April 1867.’
1870 Photographer, 1 High Street, Singapore.
1873 Operating a studio in Woerden, Holland, 1870-77
. 1877 30 Orchard Road, Singapore[1], and listed as resident.[2]
Operating a studio in Woerden, Holland, 1880-82.
1876 Orchard Road, Singapore, ‘Photographers by appointment to H.M. the King of Siam’. G. R. Lambert not in residents list. Managing partner J. C. Van Es (who is also listed as ‘Pilot, Siam’); 1st assistant J. F. Charls; native assistants: Yakub Mahomed Taher, Abdullah Rachmat, Mahomed Tayib.[3]
1877 Orchard Road, Singapore, ‘Photographers by appointment to H.M. the King of Siam and to H.H. the Maharajah of Johore’. G.R. Lambert not in residents list. Manager and proprietor J. C. Van Es; 1st assistant J. F. Charls; three native assistants as above.[4]
1878 430 Orchard Road, Singapore, with Lambert Bros., coach builders at 432 Orchard Road. ‘Photographers by appointment to H.M. the King of Siam and to H.H. the Maharaja of Johore’. Proprietor G.R. Lambert; assistants Alexander Koch, Heinrich Ernst; four native assistants. Charls and Van Es are not in residents list, although J.C. Van Eck [sic] appears as administrator of the Medan Estate, Deli.[5]
1879 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Partners: G. R. Lambert (Europe), Alexander Koch; assistants, J. Jagerspacher (in residents list), H. Stafhell (managing Sumatra branch at Deli); three native assistants and a bill collector.[6]
1889 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Partners: G. R. Lambert (Europe), Alexander Koch; assistants: C. Kleingrothe (managing medan branch), Charles Blum, H. Kunz. Stafhell not in residents list; clerk, J. A. Rodrigues; four native assistants, foreman and bill collector.[7]
1890 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Partners: G. R. Lambert (resident), Alexander Koch (Judith House, Mount Elizabeth); assistants: H. Kunz (assistant, Medan branch), Charles Blum (managing Medan branch), M. Hopf; Japanese artist, N. Hayashi; clerk, J. A. Rodriguez, bill collector and foreman.[8]
1891 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Partner, Alexander Koch (Lambert not mentioned); assistants: H. Kunz (managing Medan branch), Charles Blum, R. Schutte, M. Hopf; clerk, J.A. Rodriguez, bill collector and foreman.[9]
1892 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, R. Schutte, M. Pieters, A. Nahme [?Nahame]; clerk, J. A. Rodriguez, bill collector and foreman. Bangkok branch listed, but not Medan branch.[10]
1893 186 Orchard Road. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, R. Schutte, C. Petersen, A. Nahme; clerk, J. A. Rodriguez, bill collector and two foremen. Bangkok branch listed.[11]
1895 Gresham House, Battery Road (next to Medical Hall) and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, A. Hatch, H. Schübel, A. Schlumpf, Miss Basagoiti; two bill collectors and foreman. Bangkok branch (agent, C. Fricker, manager of M. Fusio and Co, dispensary).[12]
1896 Gresham House, Battery Road (next to Medical Hall) and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants J. C. Kofer, H. Schübel, T. Agassiz; clerk, J. A. Rodriguez; one bill collector; Bangkok branch managed by agent C. Fricker.[13]
1897 Gresham House, Battery Road and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, F. C. Hofer, A. Hatch, F. Agassiz; clerk J. A. Rodriguez, and one bill collector; branch house at Bangkok (C. Fricker); agent at Kuala Lumpur, A. R. Bligh, secretary of the Selangor Club.[14]
1898 Gresham House, Battery Road and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, F. C. Hofer, F. Herbst, M. Franklin; clerks, J. C. Rodriguez and R. de Wind; one bill collector; Bangkok branch (agent, C. Fricker) and agent at Kuala Lumpur (A. R. Bligh).[15]
1899 Gresham House, Battery Road and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, F. Herbst, H. von Katte, M. Wells; clerks, J.A. Rodriguez, R. de Wind; one bill collector; Bangkok branch (agent, C. Fricker); agent at Kuala Lumpur (A. R. Bligh).[16]
1900 Gresham House, Battery Road and 186 Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, Robert Herbst, C. Wartenberg (also listed as assistant to C. Kleingrothe at Medan), H. von Katter, A. Beathey; clerks, J. A. Rodriguez, Law Kun Look; one bill collector; branch firm at Kuala Lumpur (agent, A. R. Bligh), Bangkok (agent, C. Fricker), Batavia (agent, J. B. Smits Nordwyk).[17]
1901 Gresham House, Battery Road and 186 Orchard Road. Proprietor, Alexander Koch (Europe); manager, Robert Herbst; assistants, H. von Katte, A. Beattie, E. La Brooy; clerk, J. A. Rodriguez; bill collector. Branch office at Kuala Lumpur; agencies at Batavia (J. B. Smits, Nordwyk) and Palembang (Industriale Maatschappij).[18]
1902 Saleroom at Gresham House, Battery Road, studio at 3A Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; manager, Robert Herbst; assistants, H. von Katte, R. Winterhalter, Miss A. Beattie, Lewis Terkeltoba; clerk, E. Le Brooy; bill collector. Branch office at Kuala Lumpur; agency at Palembang (Industriale Maatschappij).
1903 Same as for 1902, but Miss N. Hodges replaces Miss A. Beattie, and Palembang agency not listed.
1904 Saleroom at Gresham House, Battery Road, studio at 3A Orchard Road, Singapore. Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, R. Winterhalter, B. Agnew, Miss N. Hodges, T. A. Rodriguez; clerk, S. Gander; bill collector; branch office at Kuala Lumpur.[19]
1905 Not seen.
1906 Proprietor, Alexander Koch; assistants, F. Jensen, R. Winterhalter, S. Gander, L. Terzel Loba; clerk; bill collector. Branch studio at the F.M.S. Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.[20]
1907 Not seen.
1908 Not seen.
1909 Board of Directors: Otto Schwemer (Chairman; Partner), H. L. Coghlan (Partner and Manager, H. L. Coghlan and Co, auctioneers), F. Mühlinghaus (Manager, Singapore Oil Mills); Managing Operator, H. Th. Jensen (residence, 17 Wilkie Road); cashier, S. D. Gander; assistants, R. Gartner, T. Isshi, F. Ogata; retoucher, Y. Seng.[21]
1910 Not seen.
1911 1B and 3A Orchard Road. ‘Photographers and Art Dealers by special appointment to H. M. the King of Siam’. Board of Directors: W. Woelber, H. L. Coghlan, W. Ewald; Managing Operator, H. Hannke; cashier and clerk, S. D. Gander; assistants L. Terkeltoba, Yong Seng, Hoak; bill collector.[22]
1912 3A Orchard Road, Singapore. Assistant, Seichi Miyahata. Limited company in liquidation (liquidator, C.H. Cramphorn).[23]
1913 Not seen.
1914 Not seen.
1915 Not seen.
1916 3A Orchard Road, Singapore. Manager, H. N. Buckeridge.[24]
1917 3A Orchard Road, Singapore. Manager, George Michael.[25]
1918 Not seen.
1919 Not seen.
1920 Not listed 
  
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ T.J. Keaughran, The Singapore Directory for the Straits Settlements, 1877 (Singapore, 1878). 
      
  2. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1880 (Singapore, 1880). 
      
  3. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1881 (Singapore, 1881). 
      
  4. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1882 (Singapore, 1882). 
      
  5. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1885 (Singapore, 1885). 
      
  6. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1887 (Singapore, 1887). 
      
  7. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1889 (Singapore, 1889). 
      
  8. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1890 (Singapore, 1890). 
      
  9. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1891 (Singapore, 1891). 
      
  10. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1892 (Singapore, 1892). 
      
  11. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1893 (Singapore, 1893). 
      
  12. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1895 (Singapore, 1895). 
      
  13. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1896 (Singapore, 1896). 
      
  14. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1897 (Singapore, 1897). 
      
  15. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1898 (Singapore, 1898). 
      
  16. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1899 (Singapore, 1899). 
      
  17. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1900 (Singapore, 1900). 
      
  18. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1901 (Singapore, 1901). 
      
  19. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1904 (Singapore, 1904). 
      
  20. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1906 (Singapore, 1906). 
      
  21. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1909 (Singapore, 1909). 
      
  22. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1911 (Singapore, 1911). 
      
  23. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1912 (Singapore, 1912). 
      
  24. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1916 (Singapore, 1916). 
      
  25. Λ The Singapore and Straits Directory for 1917 (Singapore, 1917). 
      
 
  

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• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on G.R. Lambert & Co..] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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