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  • Title
    George Lambert and Lambert family, papers and pictorial material, ca. 1874-1942
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 97
    MLMSS 97/Volume 7X
    MLMSS 97/Box 14X
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Partially MicrofilmedRefer to Contents for location numbers
  • Physical Description
    8 volumes, 1 outsize volume, 5 boxes and 1 outsize box of textual material

    George Washington Lambert (1873-1930), artist, was born on 13 September 1873 at St Petersburg. The family decided to migrate and George, reaching Sydney with his mother and three sisters in the 'Bengal' on 20 January 1887, soon went to Eurobla, near Warren, a sheep-station owned by his great-uncle Robert Firth. These experiences of bush life gave him an enduring love for horses and rural themes. He was educated in England and later in Australia where he won the first Travelling Scholarship awarded by the Society of Artists in 1899. Of his commissions, the most important were of Sir George Reid and an equestrian portrait of King Edward VII.

    On the outbreak of World War I Lambert, was unable to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in London. In December 1917 he was appointed an official war artist, A.I.F., with the honorary rank of lieutenant, and commissioned to execute twenty-five sketches and to paint 'The Charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba' on 31 October 1917. Lambert also painted 'The Charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7th August 1915'. He arrived at Alexandria, Egypt, in January 1918. Despite contracting malaria, he embarked for Marseilles, France, in May with over 130 sketches, many of which were exhibited later that year at the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists' War and Peace Exhibition.

    In January 1919, as honorary captain, he visited Gallipoli on the historical mission with C.E.W. Bean. Bean noted that Lambert 'was, I think, more sensitive than the rest of us to the tragedy - or at any rate the horror - of Anzac'. Lambert impressed on Bean that he wanted 'a clear military "operation order" setting out the work to be done'. After recovering from dysentery in Cairo he visited Palestine, returning to London in August. He returned to Australia in 1921 and died on 29 May 1930 at Cobbity, near Camden. He was buried in the Anglican section of South Head cemetery.

    Martin Terry, 'Lambert, George Washington (1873–1930)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/lambert-george-washington-7014/text12197, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 17 July 2020.
  • Scope and Content
    VOLUME 01
    Index to correspondents complied in the Mitchell Library, 26 ff.

    SERIES 01
    George Washington Thomas Lambert, 1874-1930

    VOLUME 02 (Request Microfilm: CY 2712, frames 1-336)
    VOLUME 03 (Request Microfilm: CY 2712, frames 337-470)
    A. Correspondence, 1902-1930, including Sir Daryl Lindsay, 1928-1930; Julian Ashton, 1902-1929; Sydney Ure Smith, 1928-1930; Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1913-1915; Sir William Orpen, 1925; Thea Proctor, 1929; Amy Lambert, 1930; Maurice Lambert, 1926-1929; Constant Lambert, 1929; Sir William Alison Russell, 1911; C.E.W. Bean, 1930; and Norman Carter, 1928-1929.

    BOX 04 (Request Microfilm: CY 883, frames 1-268)
    B. Papers re war service, 1915-1919.
    Includes war diary, 1919.

    VOLUME 05 (Request Microfilm: CY 3049, frames 1-232)
    VOLUME 06 (Request Microfilm: CY 3049, frames 233-437)
    C. Business papers, 1899-1930.
    i. Correspondence, 1899-1930, including C.E.W. Bean, 1930; Sydney Ure Smith, 1928-1929.

    VOLUME 07X
    ii. Legal papers, 1917-1928

    BOX 08/Item 01 (Request Microfilm: CY 3052)
    iii. Financial statements, 1900-1930

    BOX 08/Item 02-21
    D. Miscellaneous papers, 1874-1930.
    Include verse, lectures, autobiographical notes, an account of Gallipoli by C.E.W. Bean, c. 1919, poem by A.B. Paterson and catalogues of exhibitions.
    (Items 01-04; 11-21 Request Microfilm: CY 3052, frames 1-275)
    (Items 05-10 Request Microfilm: CY 883, frames 269 - 581)

    BOX 09
    E. Newscuttings, 1896-1930

    SERIES 02
    Amelia Beatrice Lambert, 1911-1942

    VOLUME 10 (Request Microfilm: CY 3051, frames 1-410)
    A. Letters received, 1911-1930, from George Washington Lambert
    B. Correspondence, 1919-1942, including Julian Aston, 1931; Sydney Ure Smith, 1930; Sir William Orpen, 1930; Sir Philip Game, 1930, and Sir Alison Russell, 1931-1938.

    VOLUME 11
    C. Business papers, 1919-1942
    i. Correspondence, 1919-1942

    BOX 12/Item 01
    ii. Financial statements, 1930-1933

    BOX 12/Item 02-03
    D. Miscellaneous papers, 1938.
    Includes newscuttings and reviews

    SERIES 03
    Maurice Lambert, 1930-1931

    BOX 13/Item 01
    Correspondence, 1930-1931

    SERIES 04
    Leonard Constant Lambert, c.1924

    BOX 13/Item 02
    Letters received, c.1924, including George Washington Lambert

    SERIES 05
    Miscellaneous material, 1930-c.1939

    BOX 14X/Item 01-16
    Includes catalogues of exhibitions

    SERIES 06
    Incidental papers, 1911-c.1933

    BOX 14X/Item 17
    Include letter from Norman Carter to Sydney Ure Smith, 1928; letters to Sir Daryl Lindsay, 1928-1930; letter by William Moore, c.1933; correspondence of C.E.W. Bean, 1919-1928

    SERIES 07
    George Washington Lambert, paintings, drawings and sketchbooks, including photographs of him and his work, ca. 1895-1930
  • Source
    Acquired from the estate of G.W. Lambert, October 1931 with additions from the Lambert family in 1932, 1952 and 1964 Pic.Acc.4319
  • Published Information
    'George W. Lambert retrospective: heroes & icons' / Anne Gray
  • Description source

    Information upgraded from Manuscripts Leaf Catalogue No. 1 (7-1127C) as part of the eRecords Project, 2010-2011
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