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Title

The smiling sister (Miss Helen Lawson)

1915

Artist

George Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930

  • Details

    Other Title
    The smiling sister
    Date
    1915
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 62.0 cm stretcher; 91.7 x 77.0 x 5.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "G.W. LAMBERT/ 1915.".

    Credit
    Purchased 1930
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    6109
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    George Lambert

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  • About

    George Lambert had earned a reputation as a portrait painter in London in the prewar years. Many of his subjects were notable women, and in depicting them Lambert particularly enjoyed the pageantry of costume and colour, often inserting his sitters into compositions inspired by baroque or 19th-century masterpieces.

    By comparison, his portrait of Helen Lawson - a volunteer British Red Cross Society nurse who served in London during the war - is relatively subdued. Her inward-clasped hands were an affectation Lambert had begun to explore with his sitters, but Lawson's self-conscious smile almost makes a mockery of this mannerism. Lambert's portrayal of the young nurse in her uniform is a recognition of the important home-front roles played by women during the war.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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