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 | Miss Alison Preston and John Proctor on Mearbeck Moor

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
Miss Alison Preston and John Proctor on Mearbeck Moor 1909
oil on canvas
100.2 (h) x 126.5 (w) cm
The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Perth

By showing John Proctor as if he were a sporting gentleman on a country estate, Lambert created a deliberate artifice, as Proctor was not a member of the landed gentry but a city barrister.

Miss Alison Preston and John Proctor on Mearbeck Moorcan be read in two ways. First as a portrait of John Proctor surrounded by his possessions, including his niece. Secondly, as an image of a ‘New Woman’. Miss Alison Preston is a woman in her own right, standing at the apex of the composition, wearing a modern riding habit and confidently holding the reins of the horse.

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