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Title

The shop

1909


Artist

George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


About

"In 'shop' the artist has arranged the elements of his profession: the portrait subject ... the lay figure (first aid to the mastery of drapery); and, lastly, the painter himself ..."
- Norman Lindsay 1919

Painted in Lambert's London studio, 'The shop' is an eloquent comment on the artificiality of studio portraiture. Lambert presents a formal arrangement of figures in which a model dressed as King Edward VII (of whom he painted a portrait at around this time) and a dummy model made from fabric, are counterpointed by a self-portrait of the artist himself at extreme right, acknowledging the viewer.

The title, an abbreviation of artist's 'workshop' also alludes to the inevitable fabrication necessary to any trade.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Chelsea London England


Date

1909


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

71.0 x 91.5 cm stretcher; 83.5 x 104.1 x 4.4 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "G.W. LAMBERT/ 1909-".


Credit

Purchased 1961


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA5.1961


Artist information

George W Lambert

Works in the collection

97


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 15 publications

Bibliography


Julian Ashton, The Art of George W Lambert, Sydney, 1924, (colour illus.). plate no. 89; no owner given

Heather Crosby, Weekend Liberal, 'Keeping the dream alive', pg. 10, Dubbo, 26 May 2001-27 May 2001, 10 (illus., detail).

Ann Galbally, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, 'Reflected selves', pg. 106-121, Canberra, 2004, 114 (colour illus.). figure no. 106

Anne Gray (Editor), Art and Artifice: George Lambert (1873-1930), 1996, 50.

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 28. cat.no. P100

Lionel Lindsay, Art in Australia [vol. 1, no. 7], 'George Lambert', pg. 2-6, Sydney, 1919, 5 (colour illus.), 6. 'In the possession of Hugo Meyer, Esq., Melbourne'

Jimmy MacDonald, The art and life of George W. Lambert, Melbourne, 1920, 9.

Anne McLaughlin, People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation, 'People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation', pg. 10-33, Dubbo, 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 14, 23, 38.

Humphrey McQueen, Art Monthly Australia, 'Positions vacant', pg. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 21 (illus.). review of 'Australian icons' exhibition

G.F.H. Schuler (Editor), Age, Melbourne, 21 Jul 1923, 15.

Terry Smith, Australian cultural history, 'Populism and Privilege in Australian Painting', pg. 190-210, Cambridge, 1988, 194-95, 203 (illus.). plate no. 3

Michael Stutchbury (Editor), The Weekend Australian, 'Painter mastered the past', pg. 21, Sydney, 20 Apr 2002-21 Apr 2002, 21 (illus.). Review of exhibition 'People and Destiny: George Lambert and Federation'.

Alex Taylor, Perils of the studio: inside the artistic affairs of bohemian Melbourne, 'Surviving the interior', pg. 63-102, North Melbourne, 2007, 95, 96 (colour illus.). figure 84

Unknown (Editor), Sun, Sydney, 21 Jul 1923, 2.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Herald, Melbourne, 18 Jul 1923, 6.