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An image of G.W. Lambert, early sketch portrait by John Longstaff

John Longstaff

(Australia 1862 – 01 Oct 1941)

G.W. Lambert, early sketch portrait
(circa 1899)
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

60.7 x 45.7 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1919
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

George Lambert (1873–1930) is regarded as one of Australia's most distinguished artists of the Edwardian period. Although best known as a society and portrait painter, his large work 'Across the black soil plains' of 1899 is one of the most popularly admired paintings in the Gallery. Travelling to Europe in 1901, Lambert established a significant reputation as a portrait painter in London before serving as an official Australian war artist on the Eastern front. Returning to Australia in 1921, he became a respected and prominent figure in art circles.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

Bibliography (1)

Prue Joske, Debonair Jack, South Yarra, 1994, 110 (illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Artists by artists (1954), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1954–05 Dec 1954

A brush with the bush: