Windamere, CobbittyWindamere, Cobbitty

Lenore Heath who works in the Photographs section at the Memorial has an interesting link to George Lambert. Lenore's grandparents, Ben and Alice Heath, owned the guesthouse 'Windamere' where Lambert died in May 1930.

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Wednesday 13 December 2006 by Sharon Alcock. No comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition, Conservation

Exciting things don't happen every day in the Memorial's Painted Surfaces Lab. For us, work on the Lambert exhibition mostly involves framing and glazing issues. The frames were originally covered in bronze leaf, but sometime later, probably in the 1960s, many of them were spray painted with nitro-cellulose based gold paint. Some of the mouldings on the frames have also been damaged or are missing. Our job is to remove the gold paint, rebuild any lost or damaged parts, retouch where necessary and glaze the painting ready for exhibition.

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Wednesday 13 December 2006 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition

'A common family name, but an uncommon family', is how Andrew Motion the biographer of the Lambert family described them. George Lambert was born in St Petersburg of American / British parents, educated in England and spent his teenage years in the outback of Australia before becoming an Australian official war artist. His sons Constant and Maurice were equally accomplished.

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Tuesday 12 December 2006 by Janda Gooding. No comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition, Gallipoli Mission, Landscape

When the Australian Historical Mission left Gallipoli on 10 March 1919 they sailed up to Constantinople (Istanbul) before embarking on a 1500 mile rail journey that would take them across Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt and into Cairo where they dispersed. The rail link through the Taurus Mountains had only been recently opened and was being used to transport Tukish and Allied troops back and forth across Asia Minor.

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Thursday 7 December 2006 by Janda Gooding. No comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition, Gallipoli Mission, Landscape

Lambert was interested in the small details of the landscape just as much as the grand vistas. By painting studies of the local flowers and bushes he was able to understand more thoroughly the character, form and colours of a particular site. When he arrived on Gallipoli he made notes about the local plants: "The scrub is greenish with nice dead stuff showing grey purple here & there. I propose getting a record of the various plants & flowers." 

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Tuesday 7 November 2006 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition

While he was travelling through Palestine, Lambert would get up early and work all day painting and sketching. This photo by Ossie Coulson was taken near Tiberias in early June 1919 during Lambert's second tour of Palestine. It is most likely that Lambert was painting the sketch Tiberias when the photo was taken.

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