Aleppo citadel

Accession Number ART02869
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 23 x 30.2 cm; image: 18.6 x 29.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Syria: North Syria, Aleppo
Date made 22 March 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


Depicts a drawing of a Crusaders' fortress with ruins of two massive gate houses linked by stairway supported by arches. Aleppo in northern Syria is a very ancient settlement, already established by the second millennium B.C. The Crusaders failed in their attempts to capture it. "The Citadel", standing on a natural mound with artificially steepened sides, is on of the most splendid monuments of Arabic military architecture. Though its origin and its foundations are far more ancient, it dates in its present form from the reign of Saladins son, Mahiq ez Zabir, and his inscriptions are still to be seen upon its gateway. Lambert passed through Aleppo after his visit to Gallipoli with the Australian Historical Mission in 1919.