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 | Riding past

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; England 1900-01; France 1901-02; England 1902-21; Australia from 1921
Riding past 1903
pencil, grey wash, with opaque white highlights
sheet 27.2 (h) x 27.4 (w) cm
image 20.2 (h) x 17.4 (w) cm
signed and dated 'Geo.W.LAMBERT/ of N.S.W./ 1903' lower left, in opaque white
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, purchased 1922 Sydney photograph: Mim Sterling for AGNSW
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This drawing was published in the Bulletin as an illustration to Will Jarratt's poem of the same name, which describes an estrangement between a man and a woman:

A word in anger, and no more we meet, What time the mopoke wakens with a start; Cold looks for Love, and for his hunted feet A thorn laid on the threshold of the heart.

A tear, a sigh, the while he’s riding past, And I half-wishing that he’d heard and seen; But not for long will this estrangement last, With but a set of blue-gum rails between.

Lambert created a balanced composition, using rhythmical lines and strong billowing forms, and elongating the figure of the woman to achieve an elegance.

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