DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
George LAMBERT | Lotty and a lady

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
Lotty and a lady 1906
oil on canvas
103.0 (h) x 128.3 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest in 1910

Lambert presented Lotty in command of the room, comfortably looking out at the viewer. The lady, dressed for outdoors in hat and gloves, is tenuously seated in this room; her body silhouetted against the door suggests her imminent escape. It was rare for a lady to venture into a kitchen, and in portraying Lotty and the lady together Lambert challenged traditional Edwardian social roles and behaviours.

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