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 | Self-portrait

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; England 1900-01; France 1901-02; England 1902-21; Australia from 1921
Self-portrait c.1894
pen and black ink
31.8 (h) x 19.2 (w) cm
image 24.3 (h) x 16.0 (w) cm
signed ‘GLAMbert’ lower centre
private collection
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This is Lambert’s earliest self-portrait, most likely to have been drawn soon after he began to study with Julian Ashton in 1894. He presented himself scrutinising his appearance, carefully analysing his facial features, placing one half of his face in shadow and the other in light.

He used sharp, pure outlines, drawing directly with the pen, using lines to convey the modelling of the figure.

Lambert’s initial approach to drawing derived from Ashton. Trained as a black-and-white illustrator, Ashton encouraged hard outlining; he insisted that the contour or outline should be drawn first and that the initial lines should contain within them the germ of the finished drawing. In this drawing Lambert used heavy lines for the shading, creating a kind of pen-and-ink equivalent of the square-brush technique he used in his paintings in the 1890s.

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