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The Lambert

Barbering manuals of the turn of the century might describe this style as a ‘Van Dyck’, named after the Dutch painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) who is known to have adopted this look.

It’s one typically associated with the 16th and 17th centuries: a dapper, inverted-triangle of a beard paired with a generous, military-type mo that twisted up elegantly at either end. King Charles I (who van Dyck painted several times) and William Shakespeare are among its most famous exponents.

1 The Lambert, . 2 Arthur Streeton, c. 1890 H. Walter Barnett. 3 Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert.

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Jo's mo show

(with beards)

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition illustrates changes in beards, moustaches and sideburns from the 1780s to the 1980s.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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