• Study for Dead Trooper

    Monday 2 July 2007 by Ilaria Poli.

    George Lambert ‘Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria)’ 1919 ART02857 The majority of conservation treatments on paintings in the George Lambert: Gallipoli Palestine Landscapes exhibition were relatiavely straightforward. There were a few exceptions to this rule, one being Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria), oil on canvas, 1918. A lot …

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  • Recent war artists

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    In early 2007 the Australian War Memorial appointed Charles Green and Lyndell Brown as official artists to Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles and Lyndell are based in Melbourne and work collaboratively on the same paintings.  Their experiences as official artists travelling with the Australian Defence Forces bear some similarity to those of George Lambert ninety years ago - having to work quickly and pack up at a moment's notice when the …

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  • ANZAC Cove

    Thursday 10 May 2007 by Janda Gooding. 2 comments

    ‘ANZAC Cove’ 1919 by George Lambert (ART02839) ART02839 On their first day in the 'Old ANZAC area'*, Lambert and Hubert Wilkins (the official photographer of the Australian Historical Mission) were taken down to ANZAC Cove by Charles Bean. Bean was keen to introduce them to the area and show them the dugout that he had occupied during 1915. The following day, 16 February 1919 Lambert made another visit to the beach …

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  • the verso of the story

    Monday 30 April 2007 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments

    ART02856 ART02856 With all the work the conservation team - David, Ilaria, Sharon, Gajendra and Sophie - have done on the Lamberts for the exhibition, lots of new things have emerged - and the backs of the images are a goldmine for information. We've uncovered other paintings, unfinished sketches and interesting old labels. All of this adds to our understanding of George Lambert and how he worked. The 'Double trouble' …

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  • Inside the fort

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    In late 2006 I was fortunate to receive a Gordon Darling Travel Grant to do field work at Gallipoli. The purpose of the grant is to examine the landscape of Gallipoli in relation to paintings and photographs of Gallipoli in the Memorial's collection. I joined the Memorial's Battlefield tour that left Australia 13 April. After 4 days in Istanbul we have arrived in Cannakale [Chanak] a small town on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles that…

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  • Looking towards Gallipoli

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Dardanelles from Chanak, effects of blizzard on Gallipoli 1919 by George Lambert (ART02833) ART02833 Cannakale is a small town on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles. From the waterfront you look across to the Gallipoli peninsula with some of the familiar landmarks visible in the distance - Kilid Bahr, Chunuk Bair and Mal Tepe. As we walked along the waterfront we searched for the spot where Lambert may have painted …

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  • 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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  • Open at last

    Friday 30 March 2007 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments

    View of the entrance to the exhibition At last, after several years of research and preparation the George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes exhibition has opened at the Australian War Memorial. The last few weeks have been pretty intense with the building of the exhibition space, the final design elements being resolved and the installation and lighting of all the works of art, labels and exhibition panels.…

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  • Childhood memories

    Monday 26 March 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    We are grateful to David Cox, a grand nephew of George Lambert's who has contributed the following post. David's grandmother was Sarah ("Sadie") Anne Cox, nee Lambert, George's elder sister.      Although often thought of as a quintessentially Australian artist, in his pre-teen years George Lambert had experienced only the cultures and languages of Russia, Germany and Britain. George Lambert was the youngest child and only boy in a …

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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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