An accomplished etcher, lithographer, teacher, writer and lecturer, Samuel Chamberlain was born in Cresco, Iowa in 1895. He was educated at the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Royal College of Art in London. He studied under Edouard Henri Léon in Paris and Malcolm Osborne in London. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chamberlain taught and lectured on various graphic technique such as etching, drypoint, and softground etching.
Chamberlain created his first lithograph in 1923 and in the following year he produced his first of many drypoint engravings. His prints include “Butcher Row, Coventry”, “Gateway in the Ghetto- Paris”, and “Taormina”, among others. He also authored and illustrated a great number of architectural books including, “Sketches of Northern Spanish Architecture”, “Domestic Architecture in Rural France” and “Tudor Homes of England”. Chamberlain is even credited with introducing gourmet French dining to the United States with his cookbook, “Clementine in the Kitchen”.
He was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City; the Society of Etchers in Brooklyn, NY; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the Chicago Society of Etchers, and many other esteemed organizations. His awards include an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1925 and a gold medal at the Boston Tercentenary in 1930.