A favourite charger with groom, Anzac Mounted Division
|Title||A favourite charger with groom, Anzac Mounted Division|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Medium||oil on canvas on wood panel|
|Measurement||framed: 44.3 x 55 cm; unframed: 35.6 x 46.2 cm|
Depicts Private George Shelton Lambert, a groom with 11th Light Horse Regiment, holding a troop horse. Despite the artist’s title, ‘A favourite charger…’ [i.e. officer’s horse], this horse wears the distinctive 1912 Universal Pattern saddle used by other ranks. Officers used a different pattern saddle, and apart from saddle wallets and a shoe case carried no additional equipment or horse feed on it. The horse and rider are in a desert landscape. Listed as Pal 22 in List of Paintings Delivered to Australia House January 19, 1921. Also known as 'Waler and groom'. The artist was prompted to make the painting when he was informed that this trooper was his namesake (letter from Mr G E Lambert to AWM, File 449/009/830).