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  • Title
    Item 05: The convex mirror, ca. 1916 / by George Lambert
  • Call number
    ML 1292
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, West Wall, no. 248
  • Level of description
    item
  • Date

    ca. 1916
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    1025630
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - diam. visible image 39.0 x 39.4 cm inside slip, in frame 70.0 x 69.0 cm - oil, pencil, on wood
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    ‘To pass the time, and determined not to give way to brooding over his sick son, Lambert painted The convex mirror, the reflection of a room in this cottage. Yet Lambert captured some of his sadness at the death of Mrs Halford (who acted as a grandmother to his children) and his anxiety over his son’s illness, as well as the universal unease and apprehension created by the First World War, in the way he presented the world through a convex mirror – disturbed and distorted.’

    Reference:
    George W. Lambert Retrospective, catalogue entry for the Convex Mirror by Anna Gray. http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/Lambert/Detail.cfm?IRN=163081 (accessed March 7, 2013)
  • Scope and Content
    This painting depicts a group of friends reflected through a mirror image. They stand in the low-beamed living-room of Belwethers, a cottage in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey. In 1916 Lambert visited the village when his son Constant became seriously ill with osteomyelitis while he was a student at Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex. Lambert himself looks out of the image in the foreground. Lambert’s wife, Amy, dressed in blue is depicted in the centre of the room, standing.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 1045551
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