ART02849

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ID number ART02849
Title recto: Achi Baba, from Tommy's Trench, Helles; verso: The top of the Taurus Mountains
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Lambert, George (Artist)
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 8 March 1919
Medium oil with pencil on wood panel
Measurement overall: 20.6 x 29.7 cm

Description

Lambert wrote on 8 March 1919: "The old Bean [Charles Bean] had a great day among the old trenches about the plain before Krithia. Achi Baba makes a fine contour in the background and the plain is covered with bushes of heather and sage-brush with a few small thorn trees and olives, with one or two only of short pine. The whole landscape is a dull mauvey grey with a sage green admixture and very delicate if sombre in tone. The dead, or rather their bones, spoil it, of course, and the melancholy is ready for him who lets his thoughts wander. I got my subject by about lunch-time and settled to it at two p.m., getting a panel ready with a preparatory lay-in so as to get a quick shot at the evening light. The dramatic advance of the Australians... here came off about 5.30, evening, and I got the same time and effect to finish with. I made a very carefully considered landscape and one from which I can do a big one if necessary."