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Holiday in Essex



George Lambert

Russia, Australia

13 Sep 1873 – 29 May 1930

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Alternate image of Holiday in Essex by George Lambert
Alternate image of Holiday in Essex by George Lambert
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Holyday at Essex
    Jour de fête en Essex
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    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    181.0 x 227.0 cm sight edge; 183.8 x 230.6 cm stretcher; 210.0 x 256.0 x 10.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, black oil "G.W.LAMBERT". Not dated.

    Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and the Marshall Bequest Fund 1981
    South Building, ground level, Grand Courts
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  • About

    'Holiday in Essex' was the last of Lambert's important group of Velásquez-inspired portrait groups. This monumental painting displays a scale and opulence of paint-handling exemplifying Lambert's inspiration to paint in the 'grand manner'. Painted in his London studio, the subject was derived from the family holiday at Mersea Island in Essex and depicts Lambert's wife Amy and sons Constant and Maurice. Arthur José described its conception in 'The Art of George Lambert A.R.A.', in 1924:

    'It began as a deliberate attempt to emulate the Spanish (or rather the continental) convention of the days of Velasquez ... the placing of the figures and the background, and the lighting of the studio was so arranged as to produce the traditional chiaroscuro of that epoch. The landscape, though remembered from Essex, was built up on a high platform in the studio, on which the group was posed, pony and all ... The artist in fact, was testing himself: "Can I, too, paint with the methods devised so long ago and approved by tradition?" '

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 19 publications

Other works by George Lambert

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