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Title

Head of a man, William B Beattie


Artist

George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


About

William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. Ater he and Lambert met, they formed a life-long friendship. Lambert illustrated Beattie's story 'The love story of Tamar Niell'. In a tribute to his friend, Beattie wrote in the Lambert memorial issue of 'Art in Australia' in 1930:

'Clean, wholesome, strong and good to look at; truly the young Siegfried; and, above all, happy. That was the keynote to the real Lambert - happiness; he was glad he was alive.'

The foreword to Julian Ashton's reminiscences 'Now came still evening on', is also by Beattie. Beatrice and Ada Beattie, the subjects of two other drawings in the Gallery's collection, were his sisters.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Details


Date

(1898)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil


Dimensions

14.2 x 14.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Geo.W.LAMbeRT". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1898


Location

Not on display


Accession number

238.3


Artist information

George W Lambert

Works in the collection

97


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Anne Gray (Editor), Art and Artifice: George Lambert (1873-1930), 1996, 16 (illus.).

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 144. cat.no. D11

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 128 (colour illus.).

Anne McLaughlin, People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation, 'People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation', pg. 10-33, Dubbo, 2001, 14, 15 (illus.), 16. Dubbo and Bathurst only

Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Sydney, Sep 1898. cat.no. 52; titled 'Pencil portraits'

Bronwyn Watson., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Cosmopolitan at home in bush', Sydney, 16 Apr 1993, (illus.).