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George Lambert in London, c. 1912

Alf Vincent

pen and ink, brush and ink on paper (sheet: 31.6 cm x 25.0 cm)

George Lambert (1873-1930), artist, spent some years of his youth on the land, mustering, shearing and enjoying the company of bush characters. A talent for drawing led him to art school in Sydney, which he left in1900. After two years in Paris, where he trained at the Académie Colarossi, he returned to London, where he was based until the end of 1920. Dashing and vigorous, he was a popular member of a circle of artists, including many Australians, who frequented the Chelsea Arts Club. Alf Vincent, a Melbourne-based Bulletin cartoonist, visited England in 1912. Three years later, in Sydney, he cut his own throat.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Accession number: 2010.104

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Alf Vincent (age 38 in 1912)

George Lambert (age 39 in 1912)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute
George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute
George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute
George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute

George Lambert

'Self Portrait with Gladioli'

Portrait story

An examination of the life and times of George Lambert through the gesture and pose in his self portrait. 

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Money and swat

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2007

Andrew Sayers discusses the real cost of George Lambert's Self portrait with gladioli 1922.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Facing Facts

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers describes the 1922 Self-portrait with Gladioli by George Lambert.

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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.