Study of a man seated, Mr W Beattie
George W Lambert
1873 - 1930
Depicted is the father of William, Beatrice and Ada Beattie. Beatrice and Ada are the subjects of two other drawings in the AGNSW collection.
William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. After 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
Man seated (Mr W. Beattie)
19.7 x 16.2 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Referenced in 3 publications
19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 129 (colour illus.).
George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 145. cat.no. D12
Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Sydney, Sep 1898. cat.no. 52; titled 'Pencil portraits'