• The magic of purple pencil

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by gajraw. 1 comments

    Before the invention of the photocopier, people had to rely on all sorts of different techniques to make copies of correspondence and text. In the 1780s there was letterpress copying where a dampened sheet of thin tissue paper was laid against the inked side of an original document and then put in a press. The two sheets were pressed together producing a mirror image of the original text on the tissue. Due to the tissue’s …

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  • Recovering from loss

    Friday 9 March 2007 by soplew.

    When Gajendra Rawat and I (Sophie) surveyed the Lambert artworks on paper for the exhibition we identified a couple of works that required some repairs prior to being displayed. before treatment: ‘Train station, Semakh’ 1919 by George Lambert (ART11393.354) This drawing Train station, Semakh by George Lambert (left) had areas of loss due to an insect attack (which happened before we purchased the drawing in 1930). …

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  • George Lambert and 'Windamere'

    Thursday 8 February 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Windamere, 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. Ben was born in Slough, England in 1887 and migrated first to New Zealand and then Australia, settling in Sydney. He married Alice Ward in 1915 and shortly after enlisted in the …

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  • Double trouble

    Wednesday 13 December 2006 by Sharon Alcock.

    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, …

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