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Head of a man, William B Beattie,



George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


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.'

The foreword to Julian Ashton's reminiscences 'Now came still evening on', is also by Beattie. Beatrice and Ada Beattie, the subjects of two other drawings in the Gallery's collection, were his sisters.

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




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14.2 x 14.6 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Geo.W.LAMbeRT". Not dated.


Purchased 1898


Not on display

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Artist information

George W Lambert

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Anne Gray (Editor), Art and Artifice: George Lambert (1873-1930), 1996, 16 (illus.).

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 144. D11

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 128 (colour illus.).

Anne McLaughlin, People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation, 'People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation', pg. 10-33, Dubbo, 2001, 14, 15 (illus.), 16. Dubbo and Bathurst only

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

Bronwyn Watson., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Cosmopolitan at home in bush', Sydney, 16 Apr 1993, (illus.).