DETAIL : George LAMBERT  Russia 1873 � Australia 1930  'Chesham Street' [Chesney Street; The Doctor; Harley Street] 1910  oil on canvas National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased in 1993 DETAIL : George LAMBERT  Russia 1873 � Australia 1930  'The convex mirror' c.1916  oil with pencil on wood panel private collection
George LAMBERT | Study for Henry Lawson memorial sculpture

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; England 1900-01; France 1901-02; England 1902-21; Australia from 1921
Study for Henry Lawson memorial sculpture c.1926
charcoal with opaque white highlights
66.6 (h) x 36.4 (w) cm
Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library collection, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
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Lambert drew this figure in rough outline as a study for the central standing figure (Henry Lawson) in his Henry Lawson memorial sculpture (cat.121). As with his study Old man with pipe (cat.103), Lambert’s interest was with capturing the overall pose of the man. He did not sign this work.

Lambert worked on his designs for this sculpture after Lawson had died, from photographs and memories of the writer.  He used models to pose for the figures. In his pose for Lawson, Lambert wanted to show him making the gesture he often did when he was searching for a thought.

Lambert may well have also referred to prototypes from the history of art (as with so many of his works). As Daniel Thomas has suggested, Lambert’s loose-kneed, gesturing figure hints at an over-relaxed condition (as a result of inebriation), in a pose resembling that of Michelangelo’s ‘unclassically tipsy’ marble sculpture Bacchus 1497 (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; Thomas, pp.13–14). Like Michelangelo, Lambert gave his figure a high centre of gravity.

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