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 | The cabinet maker

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; England 1900-01; France 1901-02; England 1902-21; Australia from 1921
The cabinet maker 1923
irregular 37.2 (h) x 28.4 (w) cm
image 33.0 (h) x 17.2 (w) cm
signed and dated 'GWLAMBERT. 1923' lower left
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, purchased under the Felton Bequest in 1925
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This profile drawing of an unknown cabinet maker was drawn in Sydney. Lambert modelled the head to vividly capture the young man’s alert expression and his thick mane of hair.

Lambert believed that line is capable of embodying vitality and rhythm, signifying life. In drawings such as this he captured variations of texture and showed a range of line from the delicate and sinuous to a heavy staccato.

As with a number of Lambert’s best portrait drawings the work has a generic title. This suggests that Lambert made the drawing because he was interested in the face of his subject rather than because he was commissioned to do so.

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