Sunrise Semakh, looking towards Yarmuk Gorge

Accession Number ART02834
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 28.6 x 34.3 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on wood panel
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Ottoman Empire: Palestine, North Palestine, Lake Tiberias, Semakh
Date made c. 7-8 June 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


George Lambert described Semakh as: "... a railway-station of picturesque conglomeration of not more than usually dirty Arab huts, and a few tents and horses of the occupation people on the shore, southern end, of the Sea of Galilee. It is really beautiful here." Lambert visited Semakh on 7 and 8 June 1919 and made four paintings. In 1918 Semakh was a small mud village on the southern edge of Lake Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee. During the advance on Damascus in September 1918 Brigadier-General Grant with the 4th Light Horse Brigade attacked Semakh, defeating a strongly defended garrison of German and Turkish riflemen and machine gunners. The dead of both sides were buried together at the edge of the lake.