Drawing was central to George Lambert's art - he remarked that "My one idea ... was to be a good painter. To become a good painter, I had to become a good draughtsman, so I became a good draughtsman ...". 'Light horse veteran' is a frank and moving portrayal of a respected elder that powerfully captures both the personality of the subject while revealing Lambert's sympathy for him. The Gallery has a significant collection of drawings by George Lambert, numbering fifty works in all.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
The Light Horse Veteran
pencil on white wove paper
38.5 x 27.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated lower c. [diagonal], pencil "G.W.LAMBERT./ 1925".
Shown in 10 exhibitions
Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1925), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 11 Sep 1925–03 Oct 1925
Lambert Memorial Loan Exhibition, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 26 Nov 1930–12 Dec 1930
The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition, 1890-1933, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 01 Mar 1933–28 Mar 1933
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
George Washington Lambert (1968), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1968 -
The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 1990–28 Oct 1990
George Lambert, 1873-1930: drawings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Feb 1993–02 May 1993
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
George Lambert retrospective: heroes & icons, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 29 Jun 2007–16 Sep 2007
Referenced in 6 publications
John Baily', Fifth Adelaide Festival of Arts 1968: Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 'George Washington Lambert', pg. 27-28, Adelaide, 1968, 32. cat.no. 81; titled 'The Light Horse Veteran'
Anne Gray, Art on view, 'George W Lambert retrospective: heroes & icons', pg. 6-15, Canberra, Winter 2007, 14 (illus.).
Sandra Jane, Art is ... making, creating and appreciating 2, Milton, 1999, 43 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 33 (illus.). cat.no. 18
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 607 [Gallery No. 5], titled 'The Light Horse veteran'
John Young and Henry Gibbons, The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition 1890-1933, Sydney, 1933. cat.no. 8, titled 'The Light Horse Veteran'