Major Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson

Unit Australian Imperial Force
Places
Accession Number ART02780
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 30.4 x 19 cm (irreg.); image: 18.6 x 16.5 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Egypt: North Egypt, Moascar
Date made 17 January 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Portrait of the renowned Australian poet "Banjo" Paterson who was in charge of the Australian Light Horse Remount Unit in Moascar when Lambert arrived there in 1918. Lambert had illustrated Paterson's poems for 'The Bulletin', an Australian magazine. He gave up law to become a journalist, and went to South Africa to report on the Boer War. When World War I broke out he sought work as a war correspondent, but failed to gain it. He then went to work driving an ambulance in France, and later became a Remount Officer with the Australian forces then in Egypt.