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recto: Head of a woman, Beatrice B Beattie verso: (drawing of a man and a little girl),



George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


Beatrice B Beattie was the sister of William and Ada Beattie.

William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. Ater he and Lambert met, they formed a life-long friendship. Lambert illustrated Beattie's story 'The love story of Tamar Niell'. In a tribute to his friend, Beattie wrote in the Lambert memorial issue of 'Art in Australia' in 1930:

'Clean, wholesome, strong and good to look at; truly the young Siegfried; and, above all, happy. That was the keynote to the real Lambert - happiness; he was glad he was alive.'

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Other Titles

recto: Head of a woman - front

recto: Head of a woman (Beatrice Beattie)



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18.4 x 17.6 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1898


Not on display

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Artist information

George W Lambert

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, George Washington Lambert (1873-1930), Sydney, 1962. 3

Anne Gray and Hendrik Kolenberg, George Lambert, 1873-1930: drawings, Sydney, 1993, 25. 6

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 144. D9

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 131 (colour illus.).

Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Sydney, Sep 1898. 52; titled 'Pencil portraits'