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An image of Head of a man, William B Beattie by George W Lambert

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Title
Head of a man, William B Beattie
Year
(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
Accession number
238.3
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (7)

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

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

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

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.).

Exhibition history (6)

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