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
14.2 x 14.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Geo.W.LAMbeRT". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Vickery's Chambers, Sydney, 27 Aug 1898–Sep 1898
George Washington Lambert (1873-1930), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Aug 1962–22 Oct 1962
A brush with the bush:
Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994
People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation:
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 7 publications
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.).