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 | Chesham Street

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
Chesham Street
[Chesney Street; The Doctor; Harley Street]
oil on canvas
62.0 (h) x 51.5 (w) cm
signed in black oil, l.c. 'G.WL.'
Purchased 1993
NGA 1993.1191

Chesham Street is one of a group of works painted by George Lambert between 1910 and 1914 that are puzzle pictures. These paintings appear to have a meaning and yet are not strictly narrative; they invite the viewer to provide their own interpretation. Contemporary critics read the image as a scene in a consulting room with a doctor examining the heart or lungs of his patient, (Lambert himself). This painting is also a metaphor: this man seems to have nothing to hide, to be literally and metaphorically baring his chest, exposing his heart and soul to the world.

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