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An image of Sketch for 'La croix de guerre' by George W Lambert

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Sketch for 'La croix de guerre'
Other titles:
La croix de guerre (two cartoons)
(circa 1922)
Media category
Materials used
diptych: oil on canvas

43.2 x 127.0 cm each panel

Purchased 1930
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Lambert submitted this painting to the War Memorial mural competition for the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. The competition brief for a work to be placed on an upper wall of the Library staircase, stipulated that the subject was 'to be commemorative of the Great War, and to be treated decoratively or allegorically'. Lambert's painting, which captured the burden of war borne by those who survived was awarded second place.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (1)

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'George Lambert. Purchases of His Works', Sydney, 23 Sep 1930, 4.

Exhibition history (3)

George Lambert Memorial Exhibition (1930), Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery, 25 Sep 1930–15 Oct 1930

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

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