Lambert and the Light Horse in Toowoomba
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes, Exhibition
The Lambert exhibition has just opened at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and will be on show there until 25 May 2008. Toowoomba has a long relationship to the Australian Light Horse units so it is particularly appropriate that the opening should coincide with ANZAC Day. Throughout his tours in Palestine and Gallipoli, George Lambert was guided by Light Horse veterans of key events such as the Gallipoli landing, Romani and Beersheba.
The Australian War Memorial has many pencil portrait sketches Lambert made of the Light Horse men he travelled with. This sensitive sketch of Lieutenant General Henry (Harry) George Chauvel GCMG, KCB (1865-1945) was made on 15 February 1918 during Lambert's first tour of Palestine as an official war artist. At this time Lambert was travelling with the ANZAC Mounted Division around the Ayunkara / Richon le Zion area.
Lambert also made a sketch of Brigadier General William Grant CMG, DSO (Bar), MID when he travelled to Belah in March 1918. Grant commanded the 11th Light Horse (a largely Queensland regiment) at Romani. While in Belah, Lambert attended the Divisional Sports day and made several sketches of the participants and events.
For those able to attend, there will be a special floor talk on 'George Lambert, the Light Horse and Palestine landscapes' presented by Assoc Prof Christopher Lee of the University of Southern Queensland at the Toowoomba Gallery on 11 May 2008.